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Near East, 1961–1962


2. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 984A.1901/1–961. Secret. Drafted by Jones (NEA).


3. Letter From the Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations (Macomber) to the Executive Director of the Joint Congressional Committee on Atomic Energy (Ramey)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 884A.1901/1–1961. Secret. Drafted by Farley (S/AE) on January 17 and cleared by Meyer (NEA/NE) and Schnee (H). Copies of the letter and its enclosures were sent to the Atomic Energy Commission and the Central Intelligence Agency.


4. Memorandum From the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Secretary of Defense McNamara

Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, OSD Files: FRC 64 A 2382, Iran 000.1–1961. Top Secret.


5. Memorandum From Secretary of State Rusk to President Kennedy

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 884A.1901/1–3061. Secret. Drafted by Meyer (NEA/NE).


6. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Department of State, NEA/NE Files: Lot 63 D 33, Tel Aviv. Secret. Drafted by Hamilton (NEA/NE) on February 2.


7. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Kennedy Library, President’s Office Files, Country Series, Israel General. Confidential. Drafted by Jones. Secretary Rusk forwarded to President Kennedy a copy of this memorandum of conversation under cover of a memorandum indicating that Jones had raised the reactor issue with Harman in response to a suggestion from the President. (Ibid.)


8. Paper Prepared in the Bureau of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 684A.85322/2–761. Secret. The source text is undated and bears no drafting information. The date and bureau attribution are taken from the transmittal memorandum. Stoessel sent this paper to General Goodpaster at the White House on February 7 under cover of a memorandum that reads: “In response to a telephone call on Saturday from Mr. Richard Goodwin of the White House, I am enclosing a memorandum concerning the Jordan River Development.” Jones transmitted the paper to Bowles for transmission to the White House on February 6 under cover of a memorandum that indicates: “It is our understanding that because of the President’s personal interest in this subject the White House would like to have this background information today.” The covering memoranda are filed with the source text.


9. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the United Arab Republic

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.86B/2–861. Confidential. Drafted by Brewer (NEA/NE); cleared by Hart (NEA), Buffum and Stanger (IO/UNP), Coote (AFW), and Farley (S/AE); and approved by Seip (S/S). Repeated to Amman, Baghdad, Beirut, Jidda, London, Leopoldville, Tel Aviv, and Taiz.


10. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 684A.86/2–1361. Confidential. Drafted by Dozier (EUR/BNA) on February 15 and cleared by Meyer (NEA).


11. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (Jones) to Secretary of State Rusk

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 788.11/2–1561. Secret. Drafted by Bowling (NEA/GTI) on February 14.


12. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 784A.5–MSP/2–1661. Secret. Drafted by Hamilton on February 20 and approved by the White House on February 25.


14. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 033.8811/2–2161. Secret. Drafted by Bowling and approved in S on February 25. The time of the meeting is taken from Secretary Rusk’s Appointment Book. (Johnson Library) Jones sent a briefing memorandum to Secretary Rusk on February 21 to prepare for this meeting. (Department of State, Central Files, 788.5/2–2161)


15. Memorandum From the Department of State Executive Secretary (Stoessel) to the President’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Bundy)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 784A.5–MSP/2–2461. Secret. Drafted by Hamilton and cleared by Strong and Meyer.


16. National Intelligence Estimate

Source: Department of State, S/S Files: Lot 86 D 189, 1961 General. Secret. According to a note on the cover sheet: “The following intelligence organizations participated in the preparation of this estimate: The Central Intelligence Agency and the intelligence organizations of the Departments of State, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, The Joint Staff, and the National Security Agency.” All members of the U.S. Intelligence Board concurred in the estimate except for the Atomic Energy Commission representative and the Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who abstained because the subject was outside their jurisdiction.


17. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 788.5–MSP/3–161. Secret. Drafted by Schott (NEA/GTI) and approved by the White House on March 21. The time of the meeting is taken from President Kennedy’s Appointment Book. (Kennedy Library) A briefing memorandum, sent from Secretary Rusk to President Kennedy in preparation for the meeting, is in Department of State, Central Files, 788.11/2–2861.


18. Memorandum From the Department of State Executive Secretary (Battle) to the President’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Bundy)

Source: Department of State, S/S-NSC Files: Lot 72 D 316, NSAM 25. Confidential. Drafted by Jones and Meyer on March 6.


20. Letter From the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (Jones) to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (Bundy)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.88/2–2361. Top Secret. Drafted by Bowling on March 8.


21. Telegram From the Embassy in Iran to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 888.00/3–1461. Secret.


22. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (Jones) to the Under Secretary of State (Bowles)

Source: Department of State, State-JCS Meetings: Lot 70 D 328, March 17, 1961–11:30 a.m. Secret. Drafted by Gannett (NEA/NR) on March 15 and concurred in by McGhee (S/P) and Courtney (S/AE).


23. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in the United Arab Republic

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.86B/3–1861. Secret. Drafted by Brewer (NEA/NE) on March 17; cleared by Ferguson (AFW) in draft, Buffum (IO/UNP) in draft, Valdes (EUR/WE) in draft, Chase (AF/N) in draft, Perkins (S/S), and Brown (O) in substance; and approved by Jones (NEA) who initialed for Rusk. Repeated to Beirut, Baghdad, Damascus, and USUN.


24. Memorandum From the Department of State Executive Secretary (Battle) to the President’s Special Assistant (Dungan)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 786A.56311/3–2161. Confidential. Drafted by Eilts.


26. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Department of State, PPS Files: Lot 67 D 548, Chronological File Jan-Apr 1961. Secret. The source text bears no drafting information.


27. Memorandum From the Vice Chairman of the Policy Planning Council (Morgan) to the President’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Bundy)

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Country Series, Iran, 3/21/61– 3/31/61. Secret.


28. Memorandum From Acting Secretary of State Bowles to President Kennedy

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.84A45/3–3061. Secret. Drafted by Lewis Jones.


29. Memorandum on the Substance of Discussion at the Department of State-Joint Chiefs of Staff Meeting

Source: Department of State, State-JCS Meetings: Lot 70 D 328. Top Secret.


30. Airgram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Turkey

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 378.75/4–661. Secret. Drafted by Gannett (NEA/NR) on April 3; cleared by Haydn Williams (DOD) in draft, McGhee (S/P), Jones (NEA), and Johnson (S/S); and approved and signed by Secretary Rusk. Also sent to Karachi and Tehran and repeated to London.