Science, Technology, and American Foreign Policy
About the Author
Gene Skolnikoff is Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology. Professor Skolnikoff has focused his research and teaching interests in the field of science and public policy, especially the interaction of science and technology with international affairs. This interest has covered a wide range of international subjects, including recent studies in global climate change and proliferation. He studied electrical engineering at MIT, followed by politics and economics at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and political science at MIT once again. He has held a variety of posts, including serving on the White House staff in the Office of the Special Assistant to the President for Science and Technology under Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy, and he played an active role as Senior Consultant to the White House Science Office under President Carter.
"A far-ranging survey of the uses ofscience and technology as tools of theU.S. foreign policy process."
"Designed to delineate and direct attention to the increasingly influentialinterrelationship between science, technology and foreign policy, Skolnikoff'sbook succeeds as the first serious attempt to set out the significance, scopeand surprising subtlety of this new interface. The book is intended to awakenthe reader to its critical importance, thecurrent incapacity of our institutions tocope with it effectiveJJl and the urgentneed to do something to improve thesituation."
- Scientific Research
"Political and natural scientists andeconomists will find this book stimulating reading. It will raise their understanding of the dilemma raised by the potential benefits and dangers flowing from science, an understanding which is the necessary ingredient of the dilemma's future resolution."
- Herbert G. Grubel, The University of Pennsylvania
"The author of this book is neither ascientist nor a professional diplomat.Yet he manages to crowd into 300-oddpages a great deal of pertinent andoften useful information about the interaction between the impressive andfast-paced developments in scienceand technology and the growing complications of our international relations."
- Technology and Culture