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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040144-6 Office Memorandum ? UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO : Chief, Language and Area School DATE: 26 March 1959 FROM : Deputy Chief, Area Training suBJECr: Weekly Activities Report A. SIGNIFICANT ITEMS None B. OTHER ACTIVITIES 1. Our annual area meeting at s been postponed from the 6th of April until a date to ixed in May, as a result of our concentration during April on the Personal Effectiveness Abroad exercise. Meanwhile, I plan to submit for your review such proposed modifications of the area program as are essent- ial before we draw up the 6-month schedule of courses which R/TR may publish in the next OTR Bulletin. Deadline for sub- mission of the schedule is the week of 20 April. The later staff meeting at ]would concern itself with internal procedures, extent of desirable standardization of teaching methods, and "public relations" problems. 2. nomination of a substitute at this Thursday's ments,, though lacking a "big name." He is Russell Fessenden, Deputy Director of the Office of European Regional Affairs, and an old friend of mine who was a close contact during the critical years from 1952-1954 when American policy in Europe was frustrated by French delay on ratification of the EDC treaty. To our session he brings almost ten years of con- centration on the new European organizations which are of primary concern to our main theme, "Implications of the European integration process." He is unusually direct in approach, conveys a strong impression of personal sincerity and enthusiasm for his field of professional interest, and has a background of graduate study at Cornell through the PhD. He attended the NATO War College near Paris in 1955 and returned from that overseas tour only last year. Free Europe seminar session meets all our essential require- 25 YEAR RE-REVIEWI Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040144-6 Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040144-6 3. Our other guest specialist for this week's seminar sessions, Professor Zurcher of New York University,, will be with us Thursday and Friday and will be taken in tow by who reports back from sick leave two days earlier than expected for this purpose. 4+. I have prepared a special student critique form for senior seminars, and will ask the present class to take it with them for thoughtful consideration and return by next Tuesday. I hope to have a tentative analysis of these results for inclusion in next week's report. 5? The experiment in "inter-personal relations" which, with the help of= has been an added feature in RS - Southeast Asia, has proven very successful. Three different sessions have been held, one with a native Indonesian, one with a Burmese, and one with a Thai. Under killed questioning many interesting facts about the cus oms, habits and char- acteristics of these different people have been elicited. attended the 13th annual Middle East Institute Conference those problems. which was held at the Mayflower Hotel on 20-21 March. The conference theme was "Nationalism, Neutralism, and Communism - The Struggle for Power." No clear-cut answers or solutions to area problems were convincingly advanced, but the size of the crowd attending the conference shows that with every passing day more and more people are at least wrestling with Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2009/12/18: CIA-RDP61-00442A000200040144-6