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    United States international population policy.

    Population and Development Review. 1982 Jun; 8(2):423-34.

    Since the mid-1960s, the US government has played a major role in influencing population policies worldwide through its assistance programs and through its activities on international forums discussing population matters. The 2 memoranda excerpted below represent probably the clearest and most authoritative articulation by the Executive Branch of the US government international population policy now on public record. (These memoranda were recently declassified officially since they were originally issued as confidential documents.) The 1st document reproduced is the Executive Summary of the U.S. National Security Council Memorandum (NSSM 200), issued on December 10, 1974 under the title "Implications of worldwide poulation growth for U.S. security and overseas interests." The 2nd document, a follow-up to the 1st item, is National Security Decision Memorandum 314, issued on November 26, 1975, by Brent Scowcroft, then President Gerald Ford's Assistant for National Security Affairs, to the Secretaries of State, Treasury, Defense, Agriculture, Health, Education, and Welfare, and to the Administrator of the Agency for International Development. (author's modified)
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