Planning and Evaluation Directorate, NSC; International Economic Affairs Directorate, NSC


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Norman Alishan Bailey (1931- ) has combined teaching and business activities most of his life. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1953 where he majored in Political Science and Spanish. He attended the School of International Affairs, Columbia University, graduating with a degree of Master of International Affairs, specializing in Latin America and business. While studying at Columbia, he joined a Strategic Intelligence Detachment, U.S. Army Reserve, participating in a study of the agricultural self-sufficiency of the Northeastern states and later served on active duty with the Army in London in a Joint Operational Planning unit, taking part in the preparation of contingency plans for a Middle East crisis.

Dr. Bailey’s business career has included a stint as international economist for the Mobil Oil Company. While working for Mobil he completed his doctorate in International Affairs at Columbia University. After leaving Mobil, Dr. Bailey formed an international investment consulting firm, Overseas Equity Inc. He joined the faculty of the City University of New York (Queens) and also became Research Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC.

Dr. Bailey merged Overseas Equity Inc. into an existing international investment banking firm, becoming President of Bailey, Tondu, Warwick & Co., Inc. He spent one year in Washington working with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the International Economic Policy Association and the Institute for the Study of Economic Systems. For three years, He was a Director of the Committee for Monetary Research and Education.

Bailey joined the administration for a short time in March 1981 in the Office of Policy Development. There is currently no collection of Dr. Bailey's work in the Office of Policy Development.

In May 1981, Dr. Bailey became Director of Planning and Evaluation of the National Security Council. He was responsible for international economics and “global issues” (science and technology, communications, law of the sea, nuclear proliferation, human rights, etc.) with his principal responsibilities being monetary and financial matters, economic sanctions and strategies, and policy planning. In June 1983, the international economics part of Planning and Evaluation separated from Planning and Evaluation to create a new office and Dr. Bailey was made Senior Director of International Economic Affairs and Special Assistant to the President. Dr. Bailey's work in this office emphasized the importance of stopping the flow of money to terrorists and following the financial arrangements of terrorist organizations.

Dr. Bailey left the NSC staff at the end of October 1983, but remained a consultant to the staff. In 1984 Bailey worked as a member of the campaign staff and in October 1985 was appointed to the Presidential Task Force on Project Economic Justice.

Dr. Bailey was a Consulting Economist and Senior Fellow for the Potomac Foundation, Inc. and continues as a professor of economics and economic warfare of John Lenczowski’s Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC. He is the president of the Institute for Global Economic Growth, an international economic consulting firm. Dr. Bailey is a prolific writer with numerous published books and articles.


Scope & Content

The Norman Bailey collection consists of memos, correspondence, cables, news clippings, trip reports, and intelligence reports on international issues of human rights, nuclear proliferation, economic sanctions and strategies, and international economics. Bailey continued to use his Planning and Evaluation filing scheme after he became Senior Director of International Economic Affairs so there is no distinction made between these two offices in the collection.

Some of Bailey's International Economic Affairs work product may be found in his successor’s collection, the Roger W. Robinson collection. Bailey’s work as the chairman of the Sanctions Monitoring Group (SMG) is located within Jack Matlock’s SMG series.

The Bailey collection consists of three series: SERIES I: Policy Planning File, 1981-1983; SERIES II: International Economics File, 1981-1983, and SERIES III: Chronological File, 1981-1983.


SERIES I: POLICY PLANNING FILE, 1981-1983 (3 l.ft, RAC Boxes 1-4)

The Policy Planning File consists of memos, correspondence, cables, news clippings, and intelligence reports on “global issues” such as import/exports, science and technology, communications, nuclear proliferation, economic sanctions and strategies, and human rights. This series is arranged alphabetically by large geographic regions (usually continent) and then chronologically.


The International Economics File consists of memos, correspondence, cables, news clippings, trip reports, and intelligence reports on topics dealing with international economics, specifically, energy, trade, global negotiations, international debt, oil and gas policy, technology transfer, and nuclear cooperation. This series also contains material regarding the Cancun Summit - The International Meeting on Cooperation and Development and the Summits of Industrialized Nations (G-7 Economic Summits) held in London, Ottawa, Versailles, and Williamsburg.. It is arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically.

SERIES III: CHORNOLOGICAL FILE, 1981-1983 (5.6 l.ft., RAC Boxes 10-15)

The Chronological File consists of memos, correspondence, weekly reports, travel authorizations, and notes from Bailey regarding his work both policy planning and international economics. There is a document log filed at the beginning of each month (except for the last month, October 1983). This series is arranged chronologically.

Last Updated: 03/01/2023 08:16PM

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