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Profile: John Foster Dulles


Positions that John Foster Dulles has held:

  • US Secretary of State (1953-59)




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John Foster Dulles actively participated in the following events:


1954      Guatemala

       CIA covert Operation PB Success successfully removes Arbenz from power. [CNN, n.d.; Woodward, 1999; National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 4, n.d.; Woodward, 1999; Gleijeses, 1991; Schlesinger, 1999 Sources: CIA, 1994. Operation Success] The CIA director at this time, Allen Dulles, was formerly the president of the United Fruit Fruit Company (UFCO) and the previous CIA director and under-secretary of state, General Walter Bedell Smith, is on the company's board of directors. Smith will become UFCO's president following the overthrow. [Smith, n.d.; Blum, 1995; LaFeber, 1993; Hertz, 2001] Allen Dulles' brother, John Dulles, who was Secretary of State at the time, had worked as a lawyer defending the United Fruit Company. [CNN, n.d.; Ginsberg, 1996]
People and organizations involved: Allen Welsh Dulles, John Foster Dulles, Walter Bedell Smith

1955      Cambodia

       US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and his brother, CIA Director Allen Dulles, each visit Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk and attempt to persuade him to place Cambodia under the protection of the South East Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO), an alliance formed the year before by representatives of Australia, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand, and the United States to prevent the spread of Communism in Southeast Asia. Sihanouk kindly declines the offer preferring to adopt a neutral stance in the conflict between his neighbors and the US. [Columbia Encyclopedia, 2001; Los Angeles Times, 7/8/1997; Blum, 1995]
People and organizations involved: John Foster Dulles, Norodom Sihanouk, Allen Welsh Dulles  Additional Info 

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