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Profile: David Dean Rusk

 
  

Positions that David Dean Rusk has held:

  • US Secretary of State (1961-1969)


 

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David Dean Rusk actively participated in the following events:

 
  

August 11, 1961      Guyana

       US Secretary of State Dean Rusk sends British Foreign Minister Lord Home a letter which includes the following passage: “... we do believe that Jagan and his American wife are very far to the left indeed and that his accession to power in British Guiana would be a most troublesome setback in this Hemisphere. Would you be willing to have this looked into urgently to see whether there is anything which you or we can do to forestall such an eventuality?” The British foreign minister will respond to this letter a week later (see August 18, 1961). [Sources: Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the United Kingdom]
People and organizations involved: David Dean Rusk, Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home
          

August 18, 1961      Guyana

       In response to a letter sent by US Secretary of State Dean Rusk (see August 11, 1961), British Foreign Minister Lord Home writes: “... now the choice before us in situations like this is either to allow the normal process of democracy and progress towards self-government to go ahead and do our best to win the confidence of the elected leaders, and to wean them away from any dangerous tendencies, or else to revert to what we call ‘Crown Colony rule.’ It is practical politics to take the latter course only when it is quite clear that a territory is heading for disaster. We have done this once already in British Guiana-in 1953. But since the restoration of the democratic process in 1957, the elected government has behaved reasonably well and we have had no grounds which would justify a second attempt to put the clock back.” [Sources: Message From Foreign Secretary Home to Secretary of State Rusk]
People and organizations involved: David Dean Rusk, Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home
          

February 19,1962      Guyana

       US Secretary of State Dean Rusk sends British Foreign Minister Lord Home a letter addressing concerns about Guyana President Cheddi Jagan that had been discussed in previous correspondences (see August 18, 1961) (see August 11, 1961). He writes: “I must tell you now that I have reached the conclusion that it is not possible for us to put up with an independent British Guiana under Jagan .... These considerations, I believe, make it mandatory that we concert on remedial steps.” [Sources: Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the United Kingdom]
People and organizations involved: David Dean Rusk, Cheddi Jagan, Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home
          

June 30, 1963, 10 am      Guyana

       US and British officials meet and discuss the Guyana government of the left-leaning Cheddi Jagan. A memorandum of the meeting states: “The President [Kennedy] said he agreed with the analysis of all the difficulties, but that these still paled in comparison with the prospect of the establishment of a Communist regime in Latin America. Mr. Sandys said he thought the best solution was that of a Burnham-D'Aguiar government to which the UK would grant independence.” [Sources: Paper Prepared in the Department of State]
People and organizations involved: McGeorge Bundy, David Kirkpatrick Este Bruce, Harold Macmillan, David Ormsby Gore, Quintin McGarel Hogg, Lord Hailsham, Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home, David Dean Rusk, John F. Kennedy, William R Tyler, Harold Anthony Cacciae, Philip de Zulueta, Lord Hood, Duncan Sandys, Peter Thorneycroft
          

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