Policy Forum

Science and Technology in Foreign Affairs

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Science  01 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5326, pp. 650-651
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5326.650

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With science and technology (S&T) research increasingly relying on international cooperation, there is a need for U.S. foreign policy to focus on S&T. Large collaborative research efforts, including international space and energy projects and global environmental conventions, are hindered by the U.S. government's lack of commitment, which makes potential partners in Europe and Asia hesitate at joining these projects. The U.S. government has not placed enough importance on international S&T as being integral to the United States' economic and political future.