Philanthropy and international relations


Podcast "Philanthropy in question(s)" - Episode 8

Philanthropy and International Relations - Deniz Kuru

What was the role of philanthropy in the birth and development of international relations as a discipline in Europe?

In this 8th episode, Anne Monier presents an article by Deniz Kuru that looks back at the weight of large American foundations at the time of the creation of international relations as a social science in its own right. A historical approach that highlights the influence of philanthropic funding in the European intellectual field.

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The five main ideas of the article:

In this episode, Anne Monier focuses on the big ideas developed by Deniz Kuru in his article :

  • It is important to look at the history of international relations beyond the ideas, contextually, to understand what contributed to their rise.

  • Through funding, foundations have shaped the frameworks of thought and influenced the perspectives developed in the academic field.

  • Foundations have largely aligned themselves with U.S. policy interests.

  • They have enabled the creation of a network of very diverse actors by creating links between several types of elites contributing to the discipline.

  • In Europe, international relations were co-constructed by foundations and local intellectual elites.

➡️ Listen to the episode above to learn more!

Other articles on the topic

  • Kuru D., "Who f(o)unded IR: American philanthropies and the discipline of International Relations in Europe", International Relations, , vol. 31, n° 1, 2017, p. 42–67.

  • Berman E.H., The Influence of the Carnegie, Ford and Rockefeller Foundations on American Foreign Policy : The Ideology of Philanthropy, Albany, State University of New York Press, 1983.

  • Guilhot N., Inventing International Relations: Realism, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Rise of IR Theory, New York, Columbia University Press, 2011.

  • Mazon B., « La Fondation Rockefeller et les sciences sociales en France, 1925-1940 », Revue française de sociologie, vol. 26, nÂş 2, 1985, p. 311-342.

  • Tournès L., « La diplomatie culturelle de la fondation Ford. Les Ă©ditions intercultural publications (1952-1959) », Vingtième Siècle. Revue d’histoire, 4/2002 (n°76), p.65-77.

  • Tournès L., L’Argent de l’influence. Les Fondations amĂ©ricaines et leurs rĂ©seaux europĂ©ens, Paris, Autrement, 2010.

  • AFD, « Les fondations philanthropiques amĂ©ricaines, acteurs Ă©mergents de la mondialisation », Document de travail n°22, 2006

  • Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, « Philanthropy in Higher Education. Priorities and Approaches of Private Foundations », October 2019

  • Jaumont F., « What is the influence of American Foundations on Universities in Africa », The Conversation, 2018.

  • Mangold J., Philanthropic Foundations in Higher Education, Springer, 2020.

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