This article addresses the core question of the complex interplay between Atlantic alliance politics and European integration in the 1970s, a turning point in the European-US relationship. The analysis focuses on the European Community Visitors Program: the first European Community (EC) professional exchange programme seeking to foster mutual understanding between the Community and the United States, which is an intriguing case study in the history of transatlantic relations from a public-diplomacy standpoint. Its relevance is indeed twofold. From an intra-European perspective, it has contributed to laying the foundations for an identity discourse, upon which the narrative of a Euro-exceptionalism has been constructed from the 1970s onwards. Furthermore, as an exchange programme fostering connections among elites abroad, it has enhanced the EC’s visibility outside its borders and thus promoted its recognition worldwide. At a systemic level, the ECVP - modeled after the most famous US public-diplomacy programmes -has served as a transatlantic bridge-builder and a prime tool for facilitating alliance management during the cold war, particularly in the troubled 1970s.

“Building bridges across the Atlantic: the European Union Visitors Program. A case study for Public Diplomacy and the transatlantic relationship in the Seventies” / Alessandra Bitumi. - In: THE INTERNATIONAL HISTORY REVIEW. - ISSN 0707-5332. - STAMPA. - 35:5(2013), pp. 925-942. [10.1080/07075332.2013.820770]

“Building bridges across the Atlantic: the European Union Visitors Program. A case study for Public Diplomacy and the transatlantic relationship in the Seventies”

BITUMI, ALESSANDRA
2013

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This article addresses the core question of the complex interplay between Atlantic alliance politics and European integration in the 1970s, a turning point in the European-US relationship. The analysis focuses on the European Community Visitors Program: the first European Community (EC) professional exchange programme seeking to foster mutual understanding between the Community and the United States, which is an intriguing case study in the history of transatlantic relations from a public-diplomacy standpoint. Its relevance is indeed twofold. From an intra-European perspective, it has contributed to laying the foundations for an identity discourse, upon which the narrative of a Euro-exceptionalism has been constructed from the 1970s onwards. Furthermore, as an exchange programme fostering connections among elites abroad, it has enhanced the EC’s visibility outside its borders and thus promoted its recognition worldwide. At a systemic level, the ECVP - modeled after the most famous US public-diplomacy programmes -has served as a transatlantic bridge-builder and a prime tool for facilitating alliance management during the cold war, particularly in the troubled 1970s.
2013
“Building bridges across the Atlantic: the European Union Visitors Program. A case study for Public Diplomacy and the transatlantic relationship in the Seventies” / Alessandra Bitumi. - In: THE INTERNATIONAL HISTORY REVIEW. - ISSN 0707-5332. - STAMPA. - 35:5(2013), pp. 925-942. [10.1080/07075332.2013.820770]
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