IN 1946 the Brookings Institution inaugurated a program of research and education in the field of international relations, which was an expansion of the earlier efforts of the Institution in the international field and was based on a policy of continuing investigation of problems having a direct bearing on the national interests of the United States. The main emphasis was placed on a study of the current American foreign policies. The general approach was and continues to be the analysis and interpretation of the developments in world affairs that give rise to problems of policy for the Government of the United States.
In undertaking the program, the Institution has two primary objectives: to aid in the development of an informed and responsible American public opinion on foreign policy; and to contribute toward a more realistic training of the increasing number of American specialists in international relations that are required today in the Government, in business, and in other agencies operating abroad. The Institution seeks to contribute to the achievement of these objectives by providing in its publications a type of analysis of major problems of United States foreign policy that is not usually found in specialized textbooks and general treatises on the subject, and by arranging conferences designed to stimulate discussion based on this type of analysis.
For the execution of this program, the Institution has organized a part of its staff into an International Studies Group, composed of specialists in various fields of international relations in general and of United States foreign policy in particular. The Group, which is directed by Leo Pasvolsky, is engaged in a series of investigations on major developments in the field of