Giles Scott-Smith


Scott-Smith, Giles. "Confronting Peaceful Co-existence: Psychological Warfare and the Role of Interdoc, 1963-72." Cold War History 7, no. 1 (Feb. 2007): 19-43.

From abstract: The International Information and Documentation Center was founded in 1963 in The Hague, and "was the result of discussions between French, German, and Dutch intelligence services, along with individuals from industry and academia…. Interdoc's central focus was to increase the level of understanding of communist doctrine and practice by stimulating and making available well-researched information on the policies and realities of the Soviet bloc…. Chancellor Brandt's pursuit of Ostpolitik caused a catastrophic withdrawal of German financial support."

[France/Postwar; Germany/West; OtherCountries/Netherlands]

Scott-Smith, Giles. "Interdoc and West European Psychological Warfare: The American Connection." Intelligence and National Security 26, no. 2 & 3 (Apr.-Jun. 2011): 355-376.

From Abstract: The International Documentation and Information Center (Interdoc) "was established in The Hague in early 1963 ... to coordinate a transnational network ... active in ... analysing trends in communist ideology and societies.... Interdoc reflected a need to develop and project a European stance on Cold War issues separate from ... US influence. Yet the Americans were present from the beginning.... This article covers the details of this involvement."


Scott-Smith, Giles. "'The Masterpieces of the Twentieth Century' Festival and the Congress for Cultural Freedom: Origins and Consolidation, 1947-52." Intelligence and National Security 15, no. 1 (Spring 2000): 121-168.

[CA/Eur; CIA/60s/Subsidies]

Scott-Smith, Giles. The Politics of Apolitical Culture: The Congress of Cultural Freedom, the CIA and Post-War American Hegemony. London: Routledge, 2001.

Coleman, I&NS 17.3, finds that the author "understands the limitations of the intellectuals who gravitated to the CCF but he is also aware of their integrity." For Peake, Studies 48.1, "those concerned with the political-economic approach to social progress and the battle between democracy and communism" will find this "an important work, its complex theoretical narrative notwithstanding."

[CA/Eur; CIA/60s/Subsidies]

Scott-Smith, Giles. "'A Radical Democratic Political Offensive': Melvin J. Lasky, Der Monat, and the Congress of Cultural Freedom." Journal of Contemporary History 35, no. 2 (Apr. 2000): 263-280.

The author offers an intellectual antidote to the venom often prevalent in discussing the role of the Congress of Cultural Freedom in the immediate postwar period. Essentially, he argues that "the Congress has become a much maligned institution since the disclosures of its intimate relationship with the CIA, and this has tended to overshadow the simultaneous developments in the wider cultural and political realms which help explain the institution's character."

[CA/Eur; CIA/60s/Subsidies]

Scott-Smith, Giles, and Hans Krabbendam, eds.

1. "Special Issue on The Cultural Cold War in Western Europe, 1945-1960." Intelligence and National Security 18, no. 2 (Summer 2003): Entire issue.

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2. The Cultural Cold War in Western Europe 1945-1960. London: Frank Cass Publishers, 2003.

Schumacher, JIH 3.2, says that "[t]his collection of essays is a timely and valuable addition to the growing literature on the symbolic dimensions of the East-West confrontation." The work includes "sixteen impressive contributions to the study of American overt and covert propaganda and cultural relations in Western Europe during the early cold war.... The well-crafted essays demonstrate the complexities of the transatlantic relationship, underline the importance of local initiatives as well as limitations to Washington’s overall strategy by local conditions. They offer valuable and nuanced insights into the limits of clandestine operations, the workings of cold war alliances, and the uses of soft power in international affairs."


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