Editorial Note

A substantial portion of the documentation printed in the Foreign Relations series for 1950 concerns subjects of relevance to the national security. Documentation in the present compilation pertains to the formulation of high level, general policy. This material should be considered in connection with papers on specific issues and areas found elsewhere in the Foreign Relations volumes for 1950. The compilations noted below are of special interest with respect to the more general material printed here.

For documentation on United States policy at the United Nations with respect to the regulation of armaments and collective security, see pages 1 ff. Regarding foreign policy aspects of United States development of atomic energy, see pages 493 ff. For documentation on defense of the Western Hemisphere, see pages 599 ff. For documentation on the Korean conflict, see volume VII. For documentation on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and United States economic and military aid to Europe, see volume III, pp. 1 ff. Additional documentation on the Soviet Union and national security is scheduled for publication in volume IV. Compilations on East-West trade, the United States response to the Soviet “Peace Offensive,” and general problems in relations between the United States and Eastern Europe are also scheduled for publication ibid . For documentation on general United States policy respecting the East Asian-Pacific area, see volume VI, pages 1 ff.

To locate documentation on United States policy regarding military assistance to individual nations or areas, see the indexes of volumes I, II, III, V, VI, and VII. Material on United States policy with respect to bases and military air transit rights in specific areas of the world may be found by consulting the indexes of volumes I, III, V, and VI.