Ambassador McGhee gives his personal story of a period of important policy decisions concerning the eastern Mediterranean region from the announcement of the Truman Doctrine (1947) to the announcement of the Northern-Tier concept (1953). As coordinator of Greek-Turkish aid, and assistant secretary of state and ambassador in Ankara, McGhee was the ever-tireless champion of Turkey as the indispensable eastern anchor of NATO and the necessary bastion for defense of the Middle East. On the latter point his account of the unsuccessful negotiations for a Middle East defense organization from 1951-53 is of special interest. Turkey did not have the influence in the Arab world on which the plan's sponsors (and McGhee himself) had counted.
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