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Foreign Policy Association's "Great Decisions" ... wrap-up for 1973 (Barbara Wiebenga)

Foreign Policy Association's "Great Decisions" ... wrap-up for 1973

1. The Sino-Soviet-American Triangle

After Pres. Nixon's visit to Russia and China a "multi-polar" balance of force is evolving. The nuclear arms race still goes on despite SALT agreement, but political problems are taking priority. That includes a divided Europe, the two "Chinas" and 13 million Taiwanese, Middle East, Africa and South America pose other challenges. Since the summit meetings world trade has expanded greatly with USSR anal CHINA, and it is predicted that trade with USSR will be close to $1 billion a year by the end of the decade. The crossing of economic and political lines will end in entanglements, as our linking the signing of Moscow trade agreement with the Jewish emigrants problem.. .

2. The Mass Media and Foreign Policy

The roles and interaction of the public, mass media and government are a complex and powerful study. The people's right to know and government's right to withhold facts that might affect foreign policy is a realistic issue in a democracy. There is strong evidence that a very small percentage of the public reads or cares about foreign issues. The "media" have only 2 major wire services. 3 major TV networks, and only a small number of big city papers have full-time foreign news coverage. Pres. Nixon (government) makes foreign policy news. Mr. James Reston feels that more serious studies like G.D. should be promoted. There is talk of self-regulating councils to watch the "Watchers."

"MORE ON GREAT DECISIONS ISSUES TO COME.. .. watch the VOTER... LEAGUE would like to start a group next year... INTERESTED??? . ...call Barbara Wiebenga 395-4951.. be first on the list... more on this later...

LEAGUE WAS THERE.. . Address - Dr. I-Shua.n Sun on R. of China's economy, Alexander Zinchuk, new Consul on trade with US, Ambassador Lee-UNA dinner.. MORE IN-DEPTH REPORTING -- WATCH VOTER...

Barbara Wiebenga

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