Regional Conflict and National Policy

Regional Conflict and National Policy

Regional Conflict and National Policy

Regional Conflict and National Policy

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In the spring of 1980, at its semiannual meeting, the Board of Directors of Resources for the Future asked me to discuss with the staff the possibility of an annual forum. Specifically, the idea was to select an important resource or environmental topic and explore it in some depth for the benefit of leaders in industry, government, academia, foundations, and eventually the public at large. The primary purpose would not be to offer easy solutions or to debate controversial topics, but rather would be to identify existing or emerging problems and to illuminate them in such a way that subsequent decision making would be improved.

I reported back to the Board in October 1980 with a proposed format and was encouraged to proceed. One of the first tasks--the selection of a topic--was made easier by Kenneth D. Frederick, director of RFF's Renewable Resources Division. His suggestion of "Regional Conflict and National Policy" met all our requirements in terms of substance and was embraced with enthusiasm by those of us involved in planning the event.

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