261. Action Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Environmental and Scientific Affairs (Malone) to the Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science, and Technology (Buckley)1
- Appointment Request
The attached short paper provides a different perspective on world population growth which may interest you. Richard Benedick used it as a basis for discussion with Vatican officials last September and January and more recently with William Wilson.2 The paper was prepared with the informal collaboration of moral theologians and other concerned Catholics.[Page 725]
The questions raised by Ben Wattenberg’s recent Op-Ed piece in the Post (attached) also deserve serious attention because of possibly misleading implications of his analysis for U.S. policy.3
Richard and I would welcome about an hour of your time to discuss foreign policy implications of these issues and the role of the State Department in managing U.S. international policies in this area. For your further information, I am also attaching a memorandum summarizing the Department’s role and some current major issues.
As a possible agenda for our talk, I would suggest the following items:
1. World population growth and implications for U.S. policy.
2. State Department role/interagency coordination/relations with AID.
3. United Nations Fund for Population Activities and private organization activities.
4. Biomedical research/natural family planning.
5. Vatican dialogue.
6. China—cooperative social science research.
That you agree to meet with Richard Benedick and me at your earliest convenience.4[Page 726] [Page 728]
- Source: Department of State, Country Files, Miscellaneous Population Files, 1974–1992, Lot 93D393, Background Papers 1980–1984. Unclassified. Drafted by Benedick. In the upper right-hand margin, Buckley wrote, “Please return to Mr. Malone,” and drew an arrow next to his comment. In the right-hand margin, an unknown hand wrote, “JLM—please see note on page 2 Steve,” and drew an arrow next to his name. In the right-hand margin, Malone wrote: “Steve I am agreeable to Buckley’s suggestion for the weekly sessions. I think we should start them effective July 1 however due to our respective schedules during June. JLM.”↩
- None of these meetings has been further identified.↩
- Dated May 18, attached but not printed. See Ben Wattenberg, “What ’Population Explosion?’” Washington Post, p. A15.↩
- On June 2, Buckley highlighted the date and time lines under recommendation, and drew a line to the bottom of the page. In the bottom margin, Buckley wrote: “Jim—This particular issue raises larger desirability that we schedule weekly 1 hour sessions to review O.E.S. concerns, including population—Suggest we begin after my trip to Pakistan (June 10–18) Jim.”↩
- See John Paul II, Redemptor Hominis, Encyclical Letter, March 4, 1979.↩
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- See Document 260.↩