Date of Defense



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Edwin Martini

Second Advisor

Dr. Luigi Andrea Berto

Third Advisor

Dr. Fred Dobney


The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate that by utilizing cultural influence and adopting Silone's vision, the CCF was able to pursue the support of left-leaning European intellectuals, writers and artists who were often alienated by the policies of both the US and the USSR. The ability of the CCF to reach out to these individuals made it an extremely valuable asset to the CIA and contributed to the CIA's emerging strategy of promoting the NCL as a reliable anti-communist force that would come to be the theoretical foundation of the CIA's political operations against communism over the next two decades.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access