The United States Information Agency: A Brief History The United States Information Agency (USIA) was the principal US agency for public diplomacy. It was founded in 1953 and closed in 1999 with its mandate split between the Broadcasting Board of Governors and the United States Department of State. This paper will explore the history of USIA. The paper will show that the Agency was formed to protect American interests and that its goals fluctuated significantly from administration to administration. Generally, the Agency was successful in providing several US administrations with not only various channels for the distribution of American propaganda but financial resources and ideas for the actual propaganda materials. The term ‘public...The end:
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