- John Kennedy and the Algerian Revolution 1957-1962)

Abstract

The research tackles the attitude of Senator John Kennedy towards the Algerian revolution which broke in 1954. In a speech addressed to the Senate in July 1957, he criticized the attitude of his country which supported France in its war against Algeria. He wanted his country to interfere in the struggle depending on establishing peace and negotiating autonomy or dependence for Algeria. After becoming president of the United States in January 1961, he proceeded to support the policy of France in Algeria, and his administration tried to show favor to the French government and to remove its fears of losing the American support for its war against Algeria. In doing so, Kennedy was trying to maintain the coherence of the NATO because of the international developments like Berlin crisis and the threat that was coming from the Soviet Union.