That's how officials at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences seem to view a cooperative agreement with the Soviet Academy of Sciences. They hope the new five-year agreement will lead to a more productive exchange of scientists than occurred under a nearly identical two-year pact that would have expired in April.
The impact of perestroika and glasnost was visible in our discussions," said NAS President Frank Press on his return from Moscow after signing the agreement January 12 with his counterpart, Guriy Marchuk. "That attitude, combined with their promise of a more relaxed position on the refuseniks, point to greater openness in the relationship."
In addition to annual meetings of the top officers of each academy, the agreement provides for.
*Exchanges between other academy members involving at least six scholars from each side for two to four weeks, with an unspecified number of additional participants...