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Brooks Emeny

Brooks Emeny was a prominent international relations scholar who specialized in American foreign policy during the second World War. Born in Salem, Ohio, in 1901, Emeny attended Governor
Dummer Academy and Mercersburg Academy before entering Princeton University in 1918. After graduation, he went abroad as a Carnegie Fellow in international law, studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, the London School of Economics, the Konsular Akadamie in Vienna, and the University of Madrid. When he returned to the U.S., he taught government at Yale University, but he left the post to devote himself entirely to writing and research. In 1934, he published The Strategy of Raw Materials: A Study of American Peace and War
, a seminal work that became a standard text for the United States Military Academies. Emeny served as advisor to the Cultural Relations Division of the Office of Inter-American Affairs and American delegate to numerous conferences. In 1947, he was appointed president of the Foreign Policy Association, which exists to educate the public about foreign policy. Between 1957 and 1980, he served on the advisory council of the Woodrow Wilson School.  (Biography from Princeton University website.)


In 1935 he co-wrote The Great Powers with Frank Simonds.
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From 1956 until his death in 1980 he participated in cultural exchanges as part of President Eisenhower's campaign to promote people-to-people intercultural contacts.

Building international Bridges aims to continue his work. 

The Brooks Emeny Digital Library Fund -- This fund promotes the idea of personal collections of materials downloaded from the Internet, for access when the Internet is not available.  Sample Digital Libraries are distributed to schools and lesson plans help teachers, students and parents select educational and inspirational materials.

The Brooks Emeny Video Phone Network Fund -- Imagine walking into a museum and seeing a Video Phone booth.  This fund promotes the concept and encourages the use of various software in public locations, such as museums and schools.


An article in Time magazine

Outsiders frequently wonder why Cleveland is more international-minded than most Midwest cities. Clevelanders know the answer—the educational influence of their city's Foreign Affairs Council. Last fortnight it formally changed its name to Council on World Affairs.

Godfather of the Foreign Affairs Council was Cleveland's famed adopted son, Newton Diehl Baker. In 1923 he helped launch it as the Council for the Prevention of War, watched it lead a haphazard existence until 1934. Then, to an earnest, handsome young man of 34 who was teaching foreign affairs at Yale, he wrote: "The problem we are interested in is . . . that form of adult education about foreign and national affairs which will be so consecutive, continuous and disinterested as to make the whole people . . . conscious at the same time of the same set of facts. . . . Instead of having the life of our nation imperiled by the possibility of emotional response to inflammatory impulses, we would have that ideal of democracy, an informed public opinion. . . ."

Young Man from Yale. Baker's letter was the catalyst that changed the limping, directionless Council into the powerful educational instrument it is today. To Cleveland came the young instructor from Yale—Brooks Emeny, the Council's present director. Graduated from Princeton in 1924, Emeny selected diplomacy as a career, studied abroad for three years as a Carnegie Fellow in international law.

When Emeny took over the Council in 1935 it had 350 members, 90% of whom were women. Its activities consisted of four luncheon meetings a year, with an average attendance of 100. Today's figures: more than 3,500 members (about half of them men), weekly meetings, an average attendance of from 500 to 1,000. Speakers who have addressed the Council and answered open-forum questions resemble a walking Who's Who of international affairs —China's Dr. Hu Shih, Under Secretary of State Sumner Welles, former Ambassador to Japan Joseph C. Grew, Peru's Dr. Alberto Arca-Parró, a host of others.

Slender, dark-haired Brooks Emeny's restrained manner conceals a burning intensity of purpose. He  firmly believes that 40 councils like Cleveland's could knock isolationism into a cocked hat.


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