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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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‘Meeting [our] domestic Communism problem’: Cold War governance and the public university

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Academic ambassadors, Pacific allies
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Alice Garner

Diane Kirkby

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526128973.003.0006

During the Cold War the Fulbright program was considered an effective arm of US ‘soft power’ and cultural diplomacy. The US saw Australia as strategically valuable in the Asia-Pacific region of the world and under the Menzies Liberal Party government, Australia shared the US military and defence agenda. How could the Fulbright program maintain its independence from government interference in the powerful force of Cold War geopolitics? Australia’s Fulbright Board held strongly to the importance of independence and the role of academics to ensure that.

Keywords:   Fulbright program, Educational exchange, US cultural diplomacy, Australia’s Cold War, Cold war and universities

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