Women and the Making of the U.S. Foreign Policy Community


Thursday, December 10, 2020, 12:15pm to 2:00pm


Harvard Kennedy School—Online

Who made the foreign policy community in the United States, and why does the answer matter? Scholars have traditionally looked to the men clustered around the Council on Foreign Relations, the Rockefeller and Carnegie philanthropies, and the Ivy League faculties to find the roots of the foreign policy "elite" or "establishment" in the years after World War I. But this seminar will show that this focus has obscured the absolute centrality of progressive white women in the making of the U.S. foreign policy community, particularly those former suffragists, trained scholars, and expert activists who helped to build what was then the most prominent internationalist institution in the country, the Foreign Policy Association.

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