Charles De Gaulle and the Break with Atlanticism
NATIONAL WAR COLL WASHINGTON DC
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In breaking France from the allegiances of American-dominated NATO and moving her to a leadership role among the worlds nations, Charles de Gaulle demonstrated the skills of a master statesman, capable of using all of the primary elements of national power to achieve his strategic objectives. This was de Gaulle at his finest -- able to define and support national interests while in possession of little apparent power, able to set goals and objectives and achieve them through an extraordinarily broad-reaching course of action. Under de Gaulles stewardship, French security policy remained remarkably consistent. Although his diplomacy was exceedingly supple, he remained adamantly devoted to Frances freedom, independence, and security. Likewise, he was steadfast in his efforts to restructure European, Atlantic, and eventually even global politics to enhance Frances position, while contributing to a more flexible and stable international system.
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