152. Editorial Note

In addition to the problems of expropriation of U.S. properties in Peru and Chile (see Documents 148 and 149), by late 1970 Nixon administration officials were becoming increasingly apprehensive about the general problem of growing investment disputes of U.S. companies in foreign countries and the expropriation of U.S. companies by foreign governments (see Documents 150 and 151). The documentation printed here details the administration’s increased attention given to the problem and its efforts to develop a comprehensive policy that could be applied to specific cases. This compilation does not attempt to document in detail the Nixon administration’s responses to the many nationalizations by foreign governments of U.S. companies or companies with U.S. shareholders’ participation. Readers interested in the U.S. response to specific expropriations should consult the compilation covering the country in the appropriate Foreign Relations volume.