Rusk, Dean (1909–94)

Colman, Jonathan orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1223-9679 (2018) Rusk, Dean (1909–94). In: The Encyclopedia of Diplomacy. Wiley. ISBN 978-1-118-88791-2

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US secretary of state (1961–69) Dean Rusk (1909–94) was closely involved with the Berlin Crisis, the Cuban Missile Crisis, NATO issues, and the war in Vietnam, tending to favor a cautious stance on most issues with the notable exception of the latter. He established only a distant relationship with President Kennedy but worked more closely with President Johnson. Both presidents appreciated his loyalty and his low‐key style. Although an indefatigable worker, Rusk exhibited little talent as a manager of the Department of State.

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