The US State Department’s Foreign Leader Program in the Netherlands, France, and Britain 1950–70
This book looks at the background, organisation, and goals of the Department of State’s most prestigious activity in this field, the Foreign Leader Program. The Program (still running as the International Visitor Leadership Program) enabled US Embassies to select and invite talented, influential ‘opinion leaders’ to visit the United States, meet their professional counterparts, and gain a broad understanding of American attitudes and opinions from around the country.
By tracking the operation of the Program in three key transatlantic allies of the United States a full picture is given of who was selected and why, and how the target groups changed over time in line with a developing US-European relationship. The book therefore takes a unique in-depth look at the importance of exchanges for the extension of US ‘informal empire’ and the maintenance of the transatlantic alliance during the Cold War.
11 Preface In early 2004 the Dutch television programme KRO Reporter ran a three-part series on the Netherlands, part two of which covered contem- porary relations between the United States and the Netherlands.1 Special reference was made to the I...
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