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  • Gregory
    From Daily Times - Lahore,Pakistan More Nixon-Ford records released By Khalid Hasan WASHINGTON: The State Department has released another volume of the Foreign
    Message 1 of 2 , Sep 23, 2005
      From Daily Times - Lahore,Pakistan

      More Nixon-Ford records released

      By Khalid Hasan

      WASHINGTON: The State Department has released another volume of the
      Foreign Relations of the United States (1969–1976), but in electronic
      version only.

      Documents on Global Issues, 1969–1972, is an electronic-only
      publication. This volume is the latest publication in the sub-series
      of the foreign relations series that documents the most important
      decisions and actions of the foreign policy of the administrations of
      US presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. The new volume documents
      the foreign policy of the Nixon administration towards global or
      transnational issues such as terrorism, hijacking and attacks on
      civilian aviation, international narcotics control, international
      cooperation in space and the environment and oceans' policy,
      especially the law of the sea.

      The State Department said "This is not a complete list of global
      issues faced by the first Nixon administration. Others - such as
      energy, disarmament, refugees, and human rights - will be covered in
      other regional or topical foreign relations volumes. The Nixon
      administration was the first in US history to grapple with a major
      terrorist threat to civilian aviation, diplomats, and representatives
      of the United States and other nations, including Olympic athletes
      and ordinary citizens. Hijackings, the hostage-taking of American
      citizens, and attacks against and assassinations of US diplomats
      occurred prior to 1969, but the US government had neither formulated
      an overall policy in response to these incidents nor designed a plan
      of action for unilateral, bilateral, or multilateral action to
      prevent them."

      The new volume documents the beginning of an effort to develop an
      overall strategy and policy towards terrorism and to forge an
      international campaign to combat it. The Nixon administration had
      also faced a serious drug addiction problem at home and sought to
      attack it by eliminating its perceived cause: illegal opium
      production abroad and the illicit narcotics trade. The volume
      documents this international phase of the "war on drugs." It also
      demonstrates that Nixon and his major foreign policy advisers were
      concerned with international environment issues. According to the
      State Department, "Environmentalism in the United States had a
      transnational aspect, with a growing but still incomplete realisation
      that the earth consisted of one interconnected environment.
      Exploration of outer space, as well as the use of near space for
      communications and photoreconnaissance by the US Government and
      private companies, increased dramatically during the period. The
      section on international space cooperation documents a dialogue among
      the Nixon administration's science and political advisers about the
      wisdom of international cooperation, especially its relationship to
      commercial and international security concerns. The final section
      covers US oceans policy, including fisheries and potential economic
      and military use of the oceans' sea beds, as well as territorial
      limits, rights of passage, and other law of the sea questions. The
      longest chapter in the volume reflects the Nixon administration's
      emphasis on law of the sea as a major international issue."
    • Ram Lau
      I m not even talking about the Eisenhower Republicans... They became the Clinton Democrats. But it s still quite an eerie thought that the Nixon Republicans do
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 23, 2005
        I'm not even talking about the Eisenhower Republicans... They became
        the Clinton Democrats. But it's still quite an eerie thought that the
        Nixon Republicans do look pretty decent in these days.

        Ram
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