84. Memorandum From the Director of Central Intelligence (Helms) to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)1 2
Washington, September 2, 1970
- I am forwarding herewith a copy of a recent CIA study, Student Unrest Abroad. The Study assays the role of students and the conditions of higher education in some thirty countries and in so doing, strives to place in perspective the relationship of student action and dissidence to other social and political forces in these countries.
- You may find of particular interest the first section of the Study, “An Overview of Student Unrest,” which introduces the ensuing country studies with some observations about the general phenomenon of student dissidence. We have attempted to elaborate, for example, important differences in the patterns of student political action as they occur in the Communist world, the less developed countries and the industrialized non-Communist societies.
- I intend to keep the matter of world-wide student unrest under periodic review and to bring Student Unrest Abroad up to date upon the development of new evidence and insights.
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1325, NSC Unfiled Material, Unfiled Material, 1970. Secret. The full study is in ibid., Box 1323. A note on the attached routing slip reads, “There seems no reason for HAK to read or reply to this. It is much like the Time and Newsweek cover stories. No action required.”↩
- Helms forwarded Kissinger a copy of an August 1970 CIA study entitled “Student Unrest Abroad,” which featured a chapter on Iranian students.↩