International History and Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century Conference 2018

Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, 4-5 May

Preliminary Programme

Friday 4 May

09:30 – 10:00             Registration and Welcome

10:00 – 11:00

Keynote Address:

Professor Michael Cullinane (University of Roehampton)

‘The Open Door Era and Periodizing Diplomatic History’

11:00 – 12:30             Panel One

The Tools of the Trade: The Role of Economics, Alliances and Deterrence Policies in Defining the 20th Century as America’s

Chair: Prof. Greg Kennedy (King’s College London)


Professor Marc-William Palen (University of Exeter)

‘The Transatlantic Economic Cosmopolitanism of American Anti-Imperialism, 1898-1920.’

Professor Ashley Jackson (King’s College London)

‘American Lend-Lease Policy and Power in the Persian Gulf during the Second World War.’

Dr Anastasia Filippidou (Cranfield University)

‘US Foreign Policy and the Mediterranean: cases of Greece and Egypt?’

12:30 – 13:15             Lunch (provided)

13:15 – 14:45             Panel Two

 The View from the Foreign Office: FCO Historians, Official Publications and the Anglo-American Relationship

 Chair: Lindsay Aqui (QMUL)


Gill Bennett, O.B.E. (FCO)

‘The price of victory: documenting the Anglo-American relationship in the early postwar period.’


Dr Luke Gibbon (FCO)

‘The impact of America on UK-China relations, 1967-1972: a complicating factor?’


Dr Richard Smith (FCO)

‘Britain, America and the West Siberian gas pipeline dispute of 1982.’


 James Southern (FCO)

‘The 1960s British Diplomat: Made in America?’


14:45 – 15:00             Tea and coffee (provided)

15:00 – 16:30             Panel Three

 Technology, Military Power and the People in the American Century?

Chair: James Brocklesby (LJMU)


Dr Eldrid Herrington (Rothermere American Institute, Oxford)

‘The “Jeep” and the American Century.’


Lt. Col. Matt Dietz (USAF/University of North Texas)

‘The New Gunboat Diplomacy”: American Airpower in the Post-Cold War World.’


Matthew Jones (Keele University)

‘Mass Observers, Britain and America, and overseas military conflicts since 1982.’


16:30 – 17:30             Roundtable: Framing and Debating the American Century

Chair: Professor Margaret MacMillan (University of Oxford)

Professor David Ryan (University College Cork)

Dr Barbara Zanchetta (King’s College London)

Dr Malcolm Craig (LJMU)

Dr Michelle Bentley (Royal Holloway)

17:30 – onwards         Dinner & Refreshments

Saturday 5 May

09:30 – 11:00             Panel Four

Soft power, cultural diplomacy and consumerism in the American Century and beyond

Chair: Dan Feather (LJMU)


Dr Janet L. Borgerson (City, University of London) & Dr Jonathan E. Schroeder (Rochester Institute of Technology)

‘The Vinyl in Mid-century American Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power.’


Josephine Harmon (UCL)

‘Fast Food in the Iraq Era: A French Discourse of US Imperialism in the Iraq Period of the American Century, 2001-2008.’


Dr Paul Moody (Brunel University)

‘US Embassy Support for Hollywood: A Case Study of the Changes to American Cultural Imperialism from World War II to the Early Twenty-First Century’


11:00 – 12:30             Panel Five

The United States and the Far East, 1945 to 1978: domestic and international perspectives

Chair: Dean Clay (LJMU)


Elliot Newbold (University of Nottingham)

‘Imagining Independence: American Visions of Philippine Freedom in the Global Cold War, 1945-1947.’


Andrew Payne (Merton, University of Oxford)

‘“At the water’s edge”: US electoral politics and the Vietnam War.’

Sophie Roberts (University of Northumbria)

‘The International Confederation for Disarmament and Peace (IDCP) and the Transnational Movement against the Vietnam War.’


Dr Pete Millwood (Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford)

‘The Transnational History of the US-China Rapprochement, from Ping-Pong Diplomacy to Normalisation, 1971-1978.’

12:30 – 13:15             Lunch (provided)

13:15 – 14:45             Panel Six

The United States and the Middle East, 1943 to the present

 Chair: Todd Carter


Darius Wainwright (University of Reading)

‘US Cultural Diplomacy in Iran, 1953-58.’


Dr Ben Offiler (Sheffield Hallam University)

‘American Philanthropy and Iranian development in the Cold War.’


Dr Ksenia Wesolowska (University of Nottingham)

‘Mediation as the “global moral beacon’s” tool in establishing the American Century – The United States and the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1973.’


Dr Mohamed-Ali Adraoui (Georgetown University)

‘The United States and Political Islam. Dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab Revolutions.’


14:45 – 15:00              Tea and coffee (provided)

15:00 – 16:00              Plenary Address:

Mr Laurence Whitehead (Nuffield College, University of Oxford)