Talk:Manhattan Committee on Foreign Relations

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I have shifted this off the article page as it is not really relevant to the Manhattan Committee on Foreign Relations which was formed in the 1930's.--Bob Burton 23:06, 11 December 2008 (EST)

Council on Foreign Relations- Early history

The earliest origin of the Council stemmed from a working fellowship of about 150 scholars, called "The Inquiry," tasked to brief President Woodrow Wilson about options for the postwar world when Germany was defeated. Through 1917–1918, this academic band, including Wilson's closest adviser and long-time friend Col. Edward M. House, as well as Walter Lippmann, gathered at 155th Street and Broadway in New York City, to assemble the strategy for the postwar world. The team produced more than 2,000 documents detailing and analyzing the political, economic, and social facts globally that would be helpful for Wilson in the peace talks. Their reports formed the basis for the Fourteen Points, which outlined Wilson's strategy for peace after war's end.[1]

These scholars then traveled to the Paris Peace Conference, 1919 that would end the war; it was at one of the meetings of a small group of British and American diplomats and scholars, on May 30, 1919, at the Hotel Majestic, that both the Council and its British counterpart, the Chatham House in London, were born.[2] Although the original intent was for the two organizations to be affiliated, they became independent bodies, yet retained close informal ties.[3]

Some of the participants at that meeting, apart from Edward House, were Paul Warburg, Herbert Hoover, Harold Temperley, Lionel Curtis, Lord Eustace Percy, Christian Herter, and American academic historians James Thomson Shotwell of Columbia University, Archibald Cary Coolidge of Harvard, and Charles Seymour of Yale.

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This citation doesn't support this quote.--Bob Burton 23:09, 11 December 2008 (EST)

"A central aim of the Manhattan Committee, it states, is to "find and nurture the next generation of foreign policy leaders."[4]

ditto for this one

At the outset of the organization the group's mission was to invite and educate prominent persons who have the ability to "guide" American public opinion.[5]

these publications relate to the CFR -- the Manhattan Committee is affiliated with American Committees on Foreign Relations which -- since 1995 - has been a separate organization from the CFR.

  • Council on Foreign Relations in association with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales. Building a North American Community: Report of an Independent Task Force. Washington, DC: Council on Foreign Relations, 2005. (Task Force Observers: Sam Boutziouvis, Canadian Council of Chief Executives; Daniel Gerstein, Council on Foreign Relations; Lawrence Spinetta, Council on Foreign Relations; David Stewart-Patterson, Canadian Council of Chief Executives; multiple authors.)

all of these "Miscellaneous articles" also seem to relate to the CFR not the Manhattan Committee on Foreign Relations

same seems to apply to these books


  • De Villemarest, Pierre, Danièle De Villemarest, and William Wolf. Facts and Chronicles Denied to the Public. Vol. 1. Slough, Berkshire, UK: Aquilion, 2004. ISBN 1-904-99700-7.
  • Grose, Peter. Continuing the Inquiry: The Council on Foreign Relations from 1921 to 1996. New York: Council on Foreign Relations: 1996. ISBN 0-876-09192-3.
  • Perloff, James. The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline. Appleton, WI: Western Islands, 1988. ISBN 0-882-79134-6.
  • Schulzinger, Robert D. The Wise Men of Foreign Affairs. New York: Columbia University Press, 1984. ISBN 0-231-05528-5.
  • Shoup, Laurence H., and William Minter. Imperial Brain Trust: The Council on Foreign Relations and United States Foreign Policy. 1977; New York: Authors Choice Press, 2004. ISBN 0-595-32426-6 (10). ISBN 978-05953-2426-2 (13).
  • Wala, Michael. The Council on Foreign Relations and American Foreign Policy in the Early Cold War. Providence, RI: Berghann Books, 1994. ISBN 1-571-81003-X
  • Griffin, G. Edward "The Creature From Jekyll Island" American Media, Westlake Village, California 1994 ISBN 0-912986-18-2

these external links all related to the CFR - again a separate organisation

  • Wilson, Woodrow. President Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points (1918). Our Documents.
  • The Inquiry. History of CFR. Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved on 2007-02-24.
  • Perloff, James (1988). The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline. Appleton, Wisconsin: Western Islands Publishers, p. 36. 
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