Thomas Tunstall Allcock

Academic Year: 
To Yale
Exchange Partners: 
Cambridge University
Research Interest: 
Lyndon Johnson, Thomas Mann, And the Alliance For Progress

Appointed assistant-secretary of state for inter-American affairs in December 1963, and shortly after named special assistant to the president and Alliance for Progress coordinator, Thomas Mann was a powerful force in the creation of Latin American policy, yet little in-depth research has been conducted into his career and influence. When Mann does receive attention, it is usually for the creation of 'The Mann Doctrine', seen as the point at which the idealistic goals of the Alliance for Progress established by John F. Kennedy were replaced by a focus on U.S. economic and security interests. Thomas research aims to provide a more detailed and nuanced understanding of an experienced and talented diplomat, as well as using his 20 year government career to assess the changes in Latin American policy witnessed throughout this period.