A foreign government’s utilization of a NGO to Influence US Foreign Policy:

Israel, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and advocacy for Soviet Jewry in the 1970s

  • Fred A. Lazin, Dr. Ben Gurion University of the Negev Beer Sheva, Israel
Palabras clave: NGO, foreing policy, foreing government, Israel, Cold War, USSR


The paper examines how a foreign country used a domestic NGO to influence the US foreign policy agenda toward the Soviet Union. The paper examines the interaction between the Israeli government and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in the advocacy effort for Soviet Jewry within the American political system. The Israeli government used several American Jewish organizations to pressure American foreign policy toward the Soviet Union’s treatment of its Jewish citizens. It covers the period from the late 1960s through the late 1970s.

Biografía del autor/a

Fred A. Lazin, Dr., Ben Gurion University of the Negev Beer Sheva, Israel

Fred Lazin. The Lynn and Lloyd Hurst Family Professor of Local Government. Professor (Emeritus). Department of Politics and Government, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheva, Israel. Visiting Scholar, Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University, NY, NY. Chair, RC on Comparative Study of Local Government and Politics (RC 05), International Political Science Association (IPSA). (lazin@bgu.ac.il)