Civil Society and Democracy

Special Studies Project

The Special Studies Project, which ran from 1956 to 1961, was one of the first of the Fund’s direct operating activities. Created in response to Cold War tensions, Special Studies convened leaders from a wide variety of fields including government, business, and academia, to explore and define the “problems and opportunities” the United States would face in the coming 10 to 15 years. The brainchild of Nelson Rockefeller, Special Studies was directed by Dr. Henry Kissinger. It produced six specialized reports on various aspects of U.S. foreign and domestic policy as well as a book geared toward a general audience that sold over 400,000 copies.

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