Description - Ignorance Abroad by Randolph Wieck
In the past, the United States has focused on the military, economic, and diplomatic aspects of our foreign policy, while neglecting the area of educational and cultural affairs. Wieck considers the development of US foreign educational and cultural policy from 1938 to the present, with a particular focus on the Kennedy initiative to enhance development of such a policy through the establishment in 1961 of the Office of Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. As the United States struggles to compete in the arena of international trade, the importance of educational and cultural affairs as an integral part of US foreign policy continues to grow. Wieck surveys events leading to the establishment of the Office of Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, as well as global developments calling for an increased emphasis on this aspect of foreign policy. He outlines the functions of the office and the efforts to hone its policy goals, and discusses the activities of the first incumbent, Philip Coombs.
The final section explores Coombs's mysterious dismissal and the terms of subsequent Assistant Secretaries until the office was merged with USIA. Students of US foreign policy and members of the international educational community will value this thorough analysis of a much-neglected area of US foreign policy.
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Author Biography - Randolph Wieck
RANDOLPH WIECK is a lecturer in American studies at the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland.