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2012

Claremont Colleges

Leadership

International and Area Studies

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The Fulbright Program's Contemporary Relevance, Julia Catherine Starr Jan 2012

The Fulbright Program's Contemporary Relevance, Julia Catherine Starr

CMC Senior Theses

The most valuable contribution of the Fulbright Program, at its founding in 1946 and today in 2012, remains its ability to inculcate mutual understanding, which represents a vital component in the success of multilateral cooperation necessary to create a secure and thriving international community. During the Cold War, promoting mutual understanding was valued for its ability to share the ideals and benefits of American democracy and create strong relationships between Americans and foreigners in direct competition with the Soviet Union’s projection of communist ideology. This thesis demonstrates how, through the lenses of leadership, multiculturalism, soft power, and public diplomacy ...