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Mediating Public Diplomacy: Local Conditions And U.S. Public Diplomacy In Norway In The 1950s

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This chapter highlights the importance of an intermediary level, namely the local conditions and their interplay with the central ambitions of U.S. public diplomacy agencies. It specifically focuses on how the local conditions in Norway in the 1950's were interpreted by the U.S. public diplomats working in that country, and to what extent and in which ways these interpretations affected the policy making behind the cultural and informational efforts directed towards Norway. The chapter aims at being an example of how a case-study approach with a focus on this intermediary level can enhance our understanding of several aspects concerning the design and effect of public diplomacy operations. It also focuses on the role of the ECA-mission in Oslo. United States Information Service (USIS)-Oslo in its efforts to increase the importance of local conditions in policy making, most probably contributed to an increased sympathy towards U.S. public diplomacy objectives in Norway.

Keywords: ECA-mission; Norway; Oslo; U.S. public diplomacy; United States Information Service (USIS)



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