Sir John Balfour Interview Details November 25, 1957



Summary of Topics Covered:

Balfour recalls a conversation in 1947 with Under Secretary of State Dean Acheson, prior to Marshall’s Harvard speech, in which Acheson noted that Europe must act collectively in developing a plan for economic recovery. He talks about the roles of George F. Kennan (Director of the Policy Planning Staff) and Charles E. “Chip” Bohlen (Counselor to the Department of State) in developing Marshall’s remarks at Harvard. He recalls his contacts with Premier of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin during and after the war and his contact with U. S. Ambassador to Russia William Averell Harriman. He also talks of his service under British Ambassador Archie Inverchapel.


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