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Academic ambassadors, Pacific alliesAustralia, America and the Fulbright Program$
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Alice Garner and Diane Kirkby

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526128973

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526128973.001.0001

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‘Free gift’ or ‘infiltration’?: Negotiating the Fulbright Agreement

‘Free gift’ or ‘infiltration’?: Negotiating the Fulbright Agreement

(p.12) 1 ‘Free gift’ or ‘infiltration’?: Negotiating the Fulbright Agreement
Academic ambassadors, Pacific allies

Alice Garner

Diane Kirkby

Manchester University Press

The Australian Fulbright program began in a period of deepening Cold War tensions. US suspicions of the Australian Labor Party government and Australian negotiators’ suspicions of US cultural diplomacy shaped the negotiations which began as early as 1946. The Australians sought more equality of representation in the administration of the program of educational exchange than the US was initially prepared to allow. After a protracted period of discussions and much delay the Australian Agreement was signed into existence in 1949 with equal representation and better terms than other countries had achieved.

Keywords:   Fulbright program, Educational exchange, US cultural diplomacy, Australian-American relationship, Australia’s Cold War, US and Australian Labor Party

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