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July 2, 1959
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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040089-8 C)ffice Memorandum ? UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO : Acting Chief, Language and Area School DATE: 2 July 1959 FROM : Deputy Chief, Area Training SUBJECT: Weekly Activities Report A. SIGNIFICANT ITEMS None to report. OTI-IER ACTIVITIES 1. First meeting of the new inter-agency roundtable on area training was satisfactory in every way. We struck "pay dirt" in the unexpectedly numerous suggestions for exchange of teaching aids and information use- ful in the administration of the program. A complete report has been submitted to you for DTR. 2. East Asia - RS # l,which was handled entirely by was completed on 29 June with a three-hour examination. This course heavily emphasized contemporary problems of concern to the Agency and opened the way to a new approach in these regional courses, stress- ing a comparative analysis of the roles of the countries. _'A full re- J _L F - proposes to hold with'class members and various FE supervisors. The written critiques reflected the students' unanimous appreciation of the value of the course and their unusually fine spirit is indicated by one member's invitation to the group to attend a sta arty in the near future. Familiar problems which, we agree with are major ones - are the uneven quality of presentations by guest lecturers and the inability of the class to find adequate time for essential outside read- ings - including much classified material on contemporary themes. The class overwhelmingly supports Oconclusion that guest specialists should be used almost exclusively as panelists joining in class discuss- ions, rather than for formal presentations. Attrition was exceptionally heavy in this course, which was completed by only eight of the 13 who were enrolled. Of the eight, 3 were DDP and four were GS-13's or above. 3. Central Europe course, which has two weeks left to go, has reached its more sophisticated thems, such as "Stalinism and Revisionism" and "Long-term Economic Trends" in the CEP countries. On the former theme, we were most fortunate to have as a panel leader, who is 25 YEAR : _ RE-REV'S`AI Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040089-8 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040089-8 PP Staff specialist on this subject. C/E,i Ihas spoken warmly to of his interest in the course. A `field trip`" to the R&S Library has helped the students prepare for their own presentations of specific problems, with their conclusions, in the final sessions of the course. 4. Our first session in the AAO cues for inter-personal contacts by the class of eight an b TO EE session. The panelists, unusual depth of experien devoted exclus was very we ively to ll received tended this have had an and were admirably articulate, but on the next time round, in September, we shall pair off with a recent returnee whose viewpoint is closer to group members. one of them that of the 5. A disconcerting note in this course offering was the complete absence of dependents despite the enrollment of two wives. DC/EE eems particularly anxious to have all dependents take this briefing and has promised to apply pressure in an early EE staff meeting. 6. A phone chat with C/WE opens the way to a solution of another urgent problem in the AAQ category) which is to find a way to give the inter-personal relations briefing to those going to the smaller posts for the first time. Our AAO's covering these posts have been generally limited to topics of a regional scope, in order to combine the small numbers involved at any time. The inter-personal relations briefing,however, must be tailored to a specific foreign country or group of Closely similar countries. WE will cooperate with our effort to obtain a sufficiently larize ou to give such a briefing on each of the middle-size posts once a year. This can be accomplished by rounding up every possible dependent, clerical and junior professional who is likely to be assigned to the post in question at a future date, regardless of whether the necessary field opening is in view. 7. A valuable asset for the inter-personal contacts briefings, which we have begun to build, is a collection of slides of foriegn peoples, which will serve to illustrate cultural and temperamental differences. The Human Relations Area Files at American University are likely to be one of our outstanding sources for this purpose. Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040089-8