Non-Proliferation and U.S. Foreign Policy: The Carter Initiative
Corliss, Steven T.
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I conducted the research for this project while serving as a research assisant at the Arms Control Association within the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which provided me with tremendous opportunities and resources. The Association is a well-respected voice in international arms control and non-proliferation matters. The small office staff and collegial atmosphere allowed me to become acquainted not only with issues, but with several of the important scholars and diplomats who were responsible for policy planning during the Carter administration. The Carnegie Endowment is a dynamic organization, sponsoring on-going studies in essentially every issue area of international affairs. A steady stream of fascinating visitors included British Foreign Minister Lord Carrington, former United Nations Ambassador Donald McHenry, and recently freed Teheran embassy hostage L.Bruce Laingen. Working symposiums on pressing, contemporary issues attracted Joseph Nye, Marshall Schulman, Leslie Gelb, and a long list of other important figures from the study of international relations. Carnegie was an extraordinary place to work. The institutional backing of the Carnegie Endowment and the Arms Control Association greatly eased my access to people and information. Acting as a representative of either organization,I never encountered any resistance in securing interviews related to my personal research. My superiors at the Association also used their personal contacts to facilitate my entry into the restricted libraries at the Brookings Institution and the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service. The professional advice and encouragement that surrounded me at the Association aided me in overcoming numerous obstacles. Important on a lesser level was my free access to the Carnegie Endowment's beautiful office complex. Self-correcting typewriters, free photocopying, and office supplies, and desk space made a considerable contribution to the comfort in which I conducted my research. In willing exchange, I provided the Arms Control Association with a substantial amount of slave labor. Initially, this entailed performing office tasks for forty to forty-five hours per week. As other temporary staff people came on board, my portion of drudge work decreased. My duties included filling information requests about diverse topics. These came to the Association from around the world and the replies required a variable degree of sophistication. Helping to arrange logistics for the Associations well-subscribed series of luncheon press briefings put me into contact with top national journalists and correspondents, including I.F. Stone, Meg Greenwald, and Jed Duvall. Beyond these glamour bits was a substantial amount of telephone answering and envelope sealing. Because of the poor prospects for arms control under the current administration, contributions and speaker requests were flooding the Association from concerned groups and individuals. It was a busy, yet rewarding time to be working at the Association. The total experience ranks as one of the most rewarding of my education.