148. Information Memorandum From the Chairman of the Policy Planning Council (Bosworth) to Secretary of State Shultz1
- Foreign Policy Directions Project
The Foreign Policy Directions exercise is now underway.2 Working with the regional and functional bureaus, we have organized the program in three clusters to reflect our central global objectives. These are:
- Promoting Economic Recovery and Growth
- Enhancing Western Security
- Managing U.S. Global Interests
Under each of these headings, we will be undertaking a series of policy studies, designed to clarify and advance our long-term objectives and sort out implications for U.S. action.
In the initial round, we are working with appropriate bureaus on seven studies. The papers will be fully cleared, but we have asked that differences of view among bureaus be highlighted rather than compromised in order to illuminate policy alternatives. Annotated outlines of the papers will be provided to S/P in two weeks; we are to receive final papers from the bureaus by May 1.[Page 583]
Attached is a summary of the initial work program and of prospective policy studies. As the work progresses, we will try to set up one or more seminars with you and other Seventh Floor principals to discuss the analysis and conclusions. Meanwhile, I would greatly welcome your comments on any of these subjects and suggestions for other topics.
- Source: Department of State, Executive Secretariat, S/P Files, Memoranda and Correspondence from the Director of the Policy Planning Staff to the Secretary and Other Seventh Floor Principals: Lot 89D149, S/P Chrons 4/1–15/83. Secret. Kaplan initialed for Bosworth. Copies were sent to Dam, Eagleburger, Wallis, William Schneider (T), Jerome Van Gorkom (M), Derwinski, and Richard Kennedy (S/NP).↩
- See Document 123.↩
- Secret. Drafted by Ruth Whiteside (S/P) on April 6.↩