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The pragmatic face of the covert idealist: the role of Allen Dulles in US policy discussions on Latin America, 1953–61

Sewell, Bevan

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Bevan Sewell bevan.sewell@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Assessments of the CIA’s role in Latin America during the 1950s have tended to focus predominantly on the twin case-studies of Guatemala and Cuba. Consequently, the Agency’s role – and, more broadly, that of its head Allen Dulles – has come to be seen as one obsessed with covert action and relatively unimportant in terms of policy discussions. Dulles, in fact, has been portrayed as an unwilling and disinterested participant in policy discussions. The present article will challenge those assertions by suggesting that, by examining Dulles’s role in the Eisenhower administration’s discussions on Latin America, a different picture emerges – one that paints Dulles as an active and rational participant, and which raises important questions for our understanding of the CIA’s role during the Eisenhower era.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 20, 2011
Journal Intelligence and National Security
Print ISSN 0268-4527
Electronic ISSN 1743-9019
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 2-3
Institution Citation Sewell, B. (2011). The pragmatic face of the covert idealist: the role of Allen Dulles in US policy discussions on Latin America, 1953–61. Intelligence and National Security, 26(2-3), doi:10.1080/02684527.2011.559319
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/02684527.2011.559319
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02684527.2011.559319
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Intelligence and National Security 2011 http://www.tandfonline....80/02684527.2011.559319

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