J. William Fulbright

J. William Fulbright was the US senator for Arkansas from 1945 to 1974. At the time, he was known for being the longest serving chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as for his opposition to the Vietnam War and House Un-American Activities Committee. Today, he is probably best remembered for the international exchange program that bears his name: the Fulbright Program.

He was interviewed by Ole Holsti, professor of political science, Bruce Kuniholm, professor of public policy, and Alex Roland, professor of history in 1983. The nearly four-hour conversation was split into four parts.

They discussed his upbringing in Arkansas, his difficult relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson, and his nuanced views on multiple foreign policy issues, like Israel’s influence on Congress, the Cold War, and the United States’ shaky relationship with the United Nations.

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