This paper reviews an unofficial meeting held in Moscow, January 23-27, 1989, at which scholars and journalists from the Soviet Union and the United States met to discuss cooperative action against terrorism. The author outlines the process by which the meeting came about, describes the structure of the meetings, and discusses Soviet perceptions of the terrorist threat and possible explanations for Soviet interest in a cooperative effort. The participants agreed upon a list of specific suggestions on how their governments might increase cooperation. However, the author cautions against expecting too much, given the difficulty of cooperating even with traditional allies. The paper includes the text of the final statement issued by the conference, and a list of participants.
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