Egypt and American Foreign Assistance 1952–1956: Hopes by J. Alterman

By J. Alterman

From the floor up the tale of neglected possibilities, combined messages, and mutual frustrations in American kinfolk with Egypt at a seminal time. exceptional in its drawing on Egyptian respectable resources, Hopes Dashed sheds new mild at the problems and demanding situations of a nascent courting characterised through neglected possibilities, combined messages, and mutual frustrations. even if important the intentions of these at the floor, their hope for Egyptian financial improvement was once stymied through bureaucratic stumbling blocks either in Egypt and the us. And as Egypt turned embroiled within the chilly battle, coverage judgements more and more have been made at better degrees via officers extra keen on geopolitical and Arab-Israeli matters and no more how U.S. information may possibly support the household political financial system of Egypt. Alterman compellingly exhibits how the pursuits of either international locations diverged to ultimately undermine an early American try at fiscal tips.

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In each area, the ideas were in a high state of flux in the early 1950s, making it difficult even for astute observers to predict the course of the next policy twist or turn. The Economic Milieu After World War II, economists were generally optimistic about their abilities to foster growth in poor countries. Emboldened by their confidence in social science to solve the problems of the modern world, economists believed that they could make a significant difference in the short term in the economies of poor countries.

You have to talk about it in terms that are understandable at the village level. We can’t do that unless we are prepared to go into the villages of Asia and the Middle East with a program of political action. If you can’t go in that way, stay out. When you go in, go in whole-heartedly the American way. 60 When President Truman introduced Point Four, he did not couch technical assistance in such stark Cold War terms. ”61 Even so, observers embraced the political goals of the program. The American Academy of Political and Social Science devoted two issues of its Annals to Point Four in 1950.

S. government had been caught flat-footed. As was mentioned earlier, Point Four had not risen out of the bureaucracy but had been imposed upon it from above. The spring of 1949, therefore, was a time of hurried decision making and bureaucratic infighting as agencies designed plans to implement the presidential initiative. It was not until late June that President Truman submitted legislation to Congress implementing the Point Four program. In the accompanying statement, Truman more explicitly explained Point Four as an antidote to Communism than he had in his Inaugural Address.

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