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The political perils of Cold War foreign relations: Adlai Stevenson’s democrats and foreign policy in the 1956 presidential election (2017)
Journal Article
Sewell, B. (2017). The political perils of Cold War foreign relations: Adlai Stevenson’s democrats and foreign policy in the 1956 presidential election. Diplomacy and Statecraft, 28(4), 619-645. doi:10.1080/09592296.2017.1386450

This article uses the case of the 1956 presidential election between Adlai Stevenson and Dwight Eisenhower to highlight the ways that an obsession with foreign relations could, in fact, prove problematic to a campaign. Focusing primarily on Stevenson... Read More

Pragmatism, religion, and John Foster Dulles’s embrace of Christian internationalism in the 1930s (2017)
Journal Article
Sewell, B. (2017). Pragmatism, religion, and John Foster Dulles’s embrace of Christian internationalism in the 1930s. Diplomatic History, 41(4), doi:10.1093/dh/dhx029. ISSN 0145-2096

This article focuses on John Foster Dulles's engagement with religion and the role it played in his worldview. In doing so, it argues that his embrace of Christian internationalism should be seen as a part of an intellectual progression shaped by Pra... Read More

John Foster Dulles, illness, masculinity and U.S. foreign relations, 1953-1961 (2016)
Journal Article
Sewell, B. (in press). John Foster Dulles, illness, masculinity and U.S. foreign relations, 1953-1961. International History Review, 39(4), doi:10.1080/07075332.2016.1230768. ISSN 0707-5332

In the last two decades, scholars have increasingly looked to understand the way that socially constructed norms and values have influenced the course of international diplomacy. Yet while much work has been produced on areas such as gender, far less... Read More

“We need not be ashamed of our own economic profit motive”: Britain, Latin America, and the Alliance for Progress, 1959-63 (2014)
Journal Article
Sewell, B. (2014). “We need not be ashamed of our own economic profit motive”: Britain, Latin America, and the Alliance for Progress, 1959-63. International History Review, 37(3), doi:10.1080/07075332.2014.940995. ISSN 0707-5332

This article traces British policy discussions over their position in Latin America between 1959 and 1963. In particular, it looks at the way British officials interacted with the John F. Kennedy administration's flagship Alliance for Progress and ex... Read More

The pragmatic face of the covert idealist: the role of Allen Dulles in US policy discussions on Latin America, 1953–61 (2011)
Journal Article
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. ISSN 0268-4527

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 see... Read More

Early modernization theory?: the Eisenhower administration and the foreign policy of development in Brazil (2010)
Journal Article
Sewell, B. (2010). Early modernization theory?: the Eisenhower administration and the foreign policy of development in Brazil. English Historical Review, CXXV(517), doi:10.1093/ehr/ceq345. ISSN 0013-8266

Existing views of the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration’s policies in Latin America have tended to portray its approach as being either fixated upon waging the Cold War, or overly concerned with quelling outbreaks of Latin American economic nationa... Read More