An Assessment of the International Science and Technology Center: Redirecting Expertise in Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Former Soviet Union

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National Academies Press, Nov 15, 1996 - Science - 60 pages
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This report reviews the ISTC's objectives and plans, discussed its activities with U.S. and FSU officials, and met with FSU grant recipients and institute directors. The committee concludes that during its first two years the ISTC was successful and effective in meeting its primary objective, which, in turn, has contributed to the larger goal of diminishing the risk of weapons proliferation. Moreover, the opportunities provided to FSU scientists and engineers do indeed offer meaningful nonweapons-related work, which helps address the demoralization that may otherwise contribute to scientists' being lured into work for unfriendly governments. The committee believes the ISTC has also been successful in addressing its secondary objectives‚€"namely, the solution of national and international technical problems; the support of basic and applied research and technology development for peaceful purposes; and, to a lesser degree, reinforcement of the transition of the FSU to a market-driven economy.


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Executive Summary
1 Introduction and Background
2 Emigration of Scientists and Engineers
3 The ISTC After Two Years
4 Future ISTC Objectives and Goals
5 The Science and Technology Center in Ukraine
6 Conclusion
APPENDIX A Agreement Establishing an International Science and Technology Center
APPENDIX B Protocol on the Provisional Application of the Agreement Establishing an International Science and Technology Center
APPENDIX D Statute of the International Science and Technology Center
APPENDIX E Committee Site Visits and Meetings November 1995 and May 1996

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