Trip report--forum for U.S.-Soviet dialogue, Moscow, Kishinev, Minsk, Leningrad, July 16-31, 1984

by Sally W. Stoecker


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This paper summarizes discussions held among delegates from various Soviet and American organizations at the Thirteenth Annual Forum for U.S.-Soviet Dialogue, held July 16-31, 1984, at various sites throughout the Soviet Union. The delegates of both countries were distributed evenly among the forum's five commissions: U.S.-Soviet relations, arms control (on which the author reports), education, trade and economics, and the media. The author found the forum less satisfying than the one held in New Hampshire in 1983 for a number of reasons: (1) Soviet delegates were less well qualified and were dominated by a single delegate. (2) Soviet delegates were unwilling to answer questions. (3) The forum did not produce a final document listing areas of agreement (there were several in 1983). Instead, a communique was issued stating merely that the forum had taken place.

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