- 1959 - 1960 (Creation)
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The AC/151 chronological series contains the records of the North Atlantic Studies Committee. On 23 March 1958 the Expert Working Group on the Fellowship and Scholarship Program met and recommended the creation of a Committee for North Atlantic Studies to include scholars from all member countries who would propose subjects for studies and supervise the Fellowship Program (see C-M(58)133). Based on this proposal, NATO Secretary General Mr. Spaak asked the Council to approve the creation and terms of reference of the Committee (see PO(58)1452, C-R(58)56 , PO(59)219 and C-R(59)11). Following several drafts, the terms of reference were finally approved for the newly defined provisional Committee on 20 March 1959 (see PO(59)479). The Committee consisted of a Chairman -Belgian Permanent Representative Mr. de Staercke- and a representative member from all the other nationalities. On 11 June 1959 the North Atlantic Studies Committee held its first meeting to designate NATO fellows for the period 1959-1960 (see C-M(59)64).During the Council meeting of 17 June 1959 it was proposed by the Belgian representative to add a supplement to the publication “NATO – the First Five Years” (C-R(59)24) On 1 September 1959 the Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs also issued a memorandum on a proposed sequel to the publication “NATO – the First Five Years” by Lord Ismay. In this memorandum it was recommended to create a permanent historical section to put some order to NATO’s records and to prepare historical studies (see AC/151-D(59)1)The North Atlantic Studies Committee held its second meeting on 10-11 September 1959 where it was decided to recommend to the Council to approve the elaboration of studies about the Alliance, a booklet on NATO communiqués, the setting up within the International Staff of a permanent historical section and the provision of support to the Atlantic Treaty Association Conference for University Teachers of International Public Law and International Relations (see AC/151-R(59)1). These recommendations were approved by the Council on 21 October 1959 (see C-R(59)35). During this Council meeting, there were some discussions about the creation of an Atlantic Institute for studies as proposed in AC/52-D(58)31, whose purposes were defined by the Committee on Information and Cultural Relations in document AC/52-WP(60)45. The last meeting of the North Atlantic Studies Committee took place on 31 March 1960 when the NATO fellows for 1960-1961 were selected (see PO(61)296). On 1 January 1961 the Atlantic Institute was created to take over some of the functions of the North Atlantic Studies Committee (see PO(61)80). During the Council meeting of 15 March 1961 it was agreed that a Selection Committee should be created as proposed in PO/61/296 for the fellowship programme, and it was decided to disband the North Atlantic Studies Committee (see C-R(61)9).
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AC/151 series records mainly consist of documents and working papers containing proposals for studies of interest to NATO made by professors, progress reports on NATO fellows and minutes of conferences of teachers of public international law.
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The chronological document series created by the North Atlantic Studies Committee is arranged by type - Document (D), Record of a meeting (R) and Working Paper (WP)- and then by number. Although this Committee held a total of three meetings only a record for the second meeting was issued under the reference AC/151.
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NATO publicly disclosed information is available for research and education purposes. Any commercial use requires the written permission of NATO. Please credit the NATO Archives should any documents be used for publication. Guidelines for the proper citation of NATO publicly disclosed information can be found on the NATO Archives website (http://www.nato.int/archives).
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All the records for AC/151 were circulated in English with the exception of one working paper containing parts in French and English (AC/151-WP(60)6). Only one record was issued in French (AC/151-R(59)1)