Bull continued to argue for the west to accommodate the third world as long as it was physically possible for him to do so. In a letter to Roger Louis, his collaborator in an edited volume on the relationship between the United States and Britain which would be published posthumously,1 Bull explained in March 1985 that:

The forces in the Third World that primarily overthrew colonialism still exist, or are perhaps stronger; and it is in this context that the U.S.A. (and the Rest of the West) have to work out their policies. This can only be by taking the measure of these forces and arriving at some compromise with them.2


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    Hedley Bull, ‘Britain and Australia in Foreign Policy’, in J.D.B. Miller (ed.) Australians and British: Social and Political Connections, North Ryde: Methuen Australia, 1987, p. 125.Google Scholar
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    Hedley Bull, ‘The Case for Unilateral Disarmament’ (Review of How to Make Up Your Mind About the Bomb by Robert Neild) Nature, vol. 292, 6 August 1981, p. 563.Google Scholar
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    Hedley Bull, ‘The Classical Approach to Arms Control: Twenty Years After’, in Uwe Nerlich (ed.) Soviet Power and Western Negotiating Policies, vol. 2: The Western Panacea: Constraining Soviet Power though Negotiation, Cambridge, MA: Ballinger Publishing, 1983, p. 21.Google Scholar

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  • Robert Ayson
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  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

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