Policy ForumSCIENCE AND GOVERNMENT

Put Science and Technology Back into Foreign Policy

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Science  27 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5394, pp. 1650
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5394.1650

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Summary

Science and Technology (S&T) strongly affect foreign policy--and vice-versa. Although Presidents, Secretaries of State, scientists and engineers have noted this fact, the U.S. process for developing foreign policy today is woefully lacking in S&T. The Department of State has not met this challenge, so the federal research and development agencies should assume much of the responsibility. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the logical agency to coordinate this effort and to provide the needed analytic capability.