The Institute of Pacific Relations in U.S.–Japanese Relations, 1919–1938
This chapter describes the failure of the Institute of Pacific Relations (IPR) to promote mutual understanding and create better relations in the Pacific in the interwar period. There are two issues that stand out as the causes of IPR's failure. First, the internationalism of the IPR was surrounded by a resistant strain of nationalism throughout the period from the end of World War I to the beginning of World War II. Second, the IPR believed that a fundamental problem in the Pacific was one of irrationality. IPR members were convinced that if they could bring objective facts to the forefront, they could promote mutual understanding and the tensions would subside.
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