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Architects of OccupationAmerican Experts and Planning for Postwar Japan$
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Dayna L. Barnes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501703089

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501703089.001.0001

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Flip-Flopper With the Final Say

Flip-Flopper With the Final Say

Roosevelt and Japan

(p.8) 1 Flip-Flopper With the Final Say
Architects of Occupation

Dayna L. Barnes

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines Franklin Delano Roosevelt's postwar foreign policy intentions. President Roosevelt showed little interest in the work of official experts working on postwar issues, preferring to find analysis from outside official channels. As a result, planners sometimes worked in a vacuum, without a voice in wartime agreements and uncertain of their president's plans. Indeed, lack of communication between the president and bureaucratic planning groups led to divergence between the president's aims and policy drafts. However, Roosevelt supported the planner's work to provide him with a diverse set of options, and in so doing he allowed for the development of a policy-creating network during the war.

Keywords:   Franklin Delano Roosevelt, foreign policy, postwar policy, wartime agreements, bureaucratic planning groups, policy drafts, policy-creating network

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