The Colonels' Coup and the American Embassy (ADST-DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy)

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The so-called Colonels' coup of April 21, 1967, was a major event in the history of the Cold War, ushering in a seven-year period of military rule in Greece. In the wake of the coup, some eight thousand people affiliated with the Communist Party were rounded up, and Greece became yet another country where the fear of Communism led the United States into alliance with a repressive right-wing authoritarian regime. In military coups in some other countries, it is known that the CIA and other agencies of the U.S. government played an active role in encouraging and facilitating the takeover. The Colonels' coup, however, came as a surprise to the United States (which was expecting a Generals' coup instead). Yet the U.S. government accepted it after the fact, despite internal disputes within policymaking circles about the wisdom of accommodating the upstart Papadopoulos regime. Among the dissenters was Robert Keeley, then serving in the U.S. Embassy in Greece. This is his insider's account of how U.S. policy was formulated, debated, and implemented during the critical years 1966 to 1969 in Greek-U.S. relations.
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ISBN-13: 9780271050119
ISBN-10: 027105011X
Pagini: 304
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.45 kg
Editura: Penn State University Press
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Robert V. Keeley was a U.S. Foreign Service officer from 1956 to 1989. His last assignment was as the U.S. ambassador in Athens from 1985 to 1989. From 1990 to 1995, he was president of the Middle East Institute in Washington. Since 2005, he has been chairman of the Council for the National Interest Foundation, working for peace in the Middle East.


"Contents Preface Prologue by John O. Iatrides 1.Introduction with Dramatis Personae 2.Setting the Scene First Impressions The Political Situation The Phenomenon of Andreas Papandreou The Monarchy Trials and Negotiations An Alternative: U.S. Intervention? 3. The Author Gets Involved AndreasÆs March 1 Speech A Policy Assessment Preparing for Elections 4.The Days Before the Coup Presentiments and Alarums Washington Weighs In 5.The Coup The Coup of April 21, 1967 Assessing the Coup Coup Vignettes 6.Reacting to the Coup ôOur Present DilemmaOther Reactions Mac ThompsonÆs Attempt A Draft Telegram Mac and I Try Again 7.Dealing with the New Government A Call on Kollias A Postmortem A Visit by Nixon Shift of Focus 8.Andreas Papandreou and Prospects for Democracy Andreas in Danger Bits and Pieces Meeting Margaret Speculations 9.The Countercoup Planning the KingÆs Coup Crisis in Cyprus Checkmate of Constantine Aftermath of Failure 10.Assessing the ColonelsÆ Regime The FDR Fiasco Andreas Released ôDear Charleyö Harassment Continues The Meaning of Fascism 11.Friction at the Embassy Kay Leaves, I Continue Go Along to Get Along Parallels with Pakistan 12.Looking to the Future of Greece Assessment of Andreas The Papandreou Funeral Was Greece Ever a Democracy? DonÆt Make Waves 13.Final Thoughts Postscript AllÆs Well That Ends Well? Appendix A: Seferis and the Clinton Speech Appendix B: Internal Embassy Memoranda, MarchûJune 1968 Notes Index