Date of Award

5-1-2012

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Arts and Sciences

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. R.Benneson DeJanes

Second Advisor

Dr. F.S.J. Ledgister

Third Advisor

Dr. Joyce A. Cottoms

Abstract

The United States Information Agency played a significant role in spreading political education throughout Ethiopia by using the Voice of America’s broadcast. The USIA communicated the United States’ “anti-communist ideals” during the Cold War era in foreign nations. The research explains how the Voice of America broadcast in Ethiopia was a form of political education used to assist in the overthrow of Mengistu Haile Mariam. The dissertation aims to: 1. Define political education and the use of this technique by government agencies to achieve specific foreign policy goals. 2. Explain the threat to American foreign policy during 1971-1991 that caused the USIA and VOA to pursue an anti-Communist agenda in Ethiopia. 3. Express the influence political education has as a diplomatic strategy in transitioning Ethiopia from fascist communism to democratization. 4. Encourage heads of state and policy makers to realize the great influence political education can have on foreign policy, if applied via the proper methodology.

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