Foreign area studies in the USSR : training and employment of specialists

by Rose E. Gottemoeller, Paul Fritz Langer

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Explores foreign area training in the USSR and the wide range of jobs available to Soviet foreign area specialists. The USSR commitment to training and employing foreign area specialists ensures the availability of a large pool of human resources in the international field to support Soviet military and economic power. The report looks beyond the usual foreign area careers in research and academia to the many jobs in which Soviets deal with either foreign citizens or foreign information. Based on European, U.S., and Soviet publications, Soviet emigre accounts, and interviews with U.S. specialists on the USSR, the report covers foreign language and area requirements in the Soviet general education curriculum; specialized foreign area training; the use of specialists in ten sectors of the Soviet economy; and the authors' conclusions about the Soviet training and use of specialists, questions deserving further study, and Soviet innovations in the field that may apply to the United States.

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