Series AC/2 - Political Working Group

NATO REORGANIZATION MILITARY, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN EASTERN GERMANY MILITARY, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN EASTERN GERMANY SECOND REVISED EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON MATTERS OF COMMON POLITICAL CONCERN NOTE TO THE MEMBERS OF THE POLITICAL WORKING GROUP DRAFT AGREED MINUTE ON EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON HUNGARY, ROMANIA, BULGARIA AND ALBANIA EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON MILITARY, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN POLAND AND CZECHOSLOVAKIA EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON MILITARY, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN POLAND AND CZECHOSLOVAKIA HEADS OF DISCUSSION ON INTERNAL POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN THE USSR EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON THE USSR EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON THE USSR EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON THE USSR DRAFT SUMMARY REPORT ON ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN THE USSR DRAFT SUMMARY REPORT ON ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN THE USSR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON MILITARY, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS IN ALBANIA EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON THE WORLD SITUATION ADDENDUM 1 - EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON THE WORLD SITUATION ADDENDUM 2 - EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON THE WORLD SITUATION EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON THE WORLD SITUATION ECHANGE DE VUES SUR LA SITUATION MONDIALE REVISE-DRAFT SUMMARY REPORT ON EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON SOVIET FOREIGN POLICY DRAFT SUMMARY REPORT ON EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON SOVIET FOREIGN POLICY ASSESSMENT OF NATO MILITARY AND ECONOMIC CAPABILITIES IN RELATION TO THOSE OF THE SOVIET BLOC ESTIMATION DES POSSIBILITES MILITAIRES ET ECONOMIQUES DU NATO PAR RAPPORT A CELLES DU BLOC SOVIET... SUMMARY OF COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS ON ITEMS 05 TO 08 OF THE AGENDA OF THE EIGHTH SESSION
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AC/2

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Political Working Group

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  • 1951 - 1952 (Creation)

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(1951-1952)

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The AC/2 chronological series contains the records of the Political Working Group. The Political Working Group was active between March 1951 and March 1952(1) and met in Belgrave Square, London. After that date there are no records testifying to its existence. Having achieved its mission, it was disbanded after the ninth session of the North Atlantic Council. The Political Working Group’s role was to reorganize NATO and to provide the Council Deputies with information about East Germany, Western European countries, the USSR and Switzerland, and about the relative political, economic and military capabilities of NATO and the USSR. After the Political Working Group disbanded, the Council assumed responsibility for political issues until 1957. The Working Group on Trends of Soviet Policy (AC/34) took over the issue of the orientation of Soviet foreign policy.

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AC/2 series records mainly address the political, military and economic situation in the USSR and the satellite countries (GDR, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Poland and Czechoslovakia). The military situation in the Balkans is also mentioned. The series also contains considerations regarding Swiss neutrality during periods of East-West tension. Finally, NATO’s reorganization is discussed, and a comparison of NATO and the USSR and an analysis of the political situation in the world are given.

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The chronological document series created by the Political Working Group is arranged by type - Document (D), Note (N), Record/Summary Record (R) - and then by number.

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NATO publicly disclosed information is available for research and education purposes. Any commercial use requires the written permission of NATO. Please credit the NATO Archives should any documents be used for publication. Guidelines for the proper citation of NATO publicly disclosed information can be found on the NATO Archives website (http://www.nato.int/archives).

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Most of the records are in English, and a few were circulated in NATO’s two official languages, English and French.

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(1) This working group has no specific terms of reference. However, a report by the Council Deputies (D-R/7) dated 3 August 1950 attests to a desire to set up a group that would maintain contact between the Council Deputies and the other NATO committees on the one hand and the press and radio services on the other. The group would also serve to inform and advise the Allies, through the existing bodies, about NATO’s peaceful objectives and the true aims of the Soviet manoeuvres. These tasks appear to have been split between the NATO International Information Meeting (AC/1) and the Political Working Group (AC/2).

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