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5 The Way Forward
Pages 55-60

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From page 55...
... CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES Many collaborative activities supported by the National Academies have had a positive effect on international science, on the transformation of centrally planned economies to market-oriented approaches, and on new scientific relations between East and West during and following the Cold War. While the activities have been but a small part of the overall scientific outreach of the United States to Eastern Europe, they have had direct and catalytic impacts at crucial times during the political history of the region.
From page 56...
... Eastern Europe is a unique cluster of middle-income countries with strong scientific capabilities in a number of important areas and with a long history of scientific interchange with the United States that unfortunately was disrupted for nearly one-half century. The legacy of scientific and educational excellence throughout the region is strong, and the desire to strengthen partnership with U.S.
From page 57...
... The Fulbright Program and the Open Society Foundation offices are important, although they provide relatively little support in the natural sciences. In a significant exception to the clamor to "go global," the National Science Foundation has entered into a program with the Czech Ministry of Education to support researchers in the two countries engaged in joint research projects.
From page 58...
... has had strong ties with counterpart organizations in several Eastern European countries, particularly Hungary and Poland. The goals of CAETS activities include • providing advice to governments and international organizations on technical and policy issues, • strengthening engineering and technological activities to promote sustainable economic growth and social development, • improving public understanding of applications of engineering and technology, • providing a forum for international discussions of engineering and technical issues, • helping develop engineering and technical programs of bilateral and multilateral interest, • encouraging improvement of engineering education, and • encouraging creation of engineering academies in countries where none exist.
From page 59...
... Such participation would help strengthen the ties of the NAS with colleagues in an important area of the world. Finally, the National Academies should consider sponsorship of annual regional meetings in Eastern Europe, rotating from capital to capital.
From page 60...
... specialists are uniquely positioned to complement East European interaction with European colleagues. The costs need not be high, with travel costs being the primary expense.

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