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This article demonstrates the fact that President Wilson was, until the last months of the war, hesitant to support the dissolution of Austria-Hungary. It also proves that the Secretary of State Robert Lansing had a major effect on the President's decision making. In contrast, the group of experts The Inquiry, established by Colonel House with the aim of tackling the issues of peace settlement, lacked inner coherence and the group's representatives were long in favour of federalization, ratherdoaj:885aafa27e414551a26ed2ec4b2cdd2b fatcat:4sejwumhzjgexdi4zaslsncily