Bingham, Jonathan B.; Johnson, Victor C.
March 1979
Foreign Affairs;Spring79, Vol. 57 Issue 4, p894
This article focuses on the context of the Export Administration Act in the U.S. and proposes key guidelines for its revision. In 1978, the foreign trade deficit of the U.S. reached alarming new levels. This discussion of export controls for foreign policy purposes has posed more questions than it has resolved. But bringing some of the problems up for close examination has been one of the main intentions. The U.S. government itself is only tentatively feeling its way with this relatively novel use of export controls. The authors believe that the public in the U.S. as well as its policymakers must keep in mind certain principles, that trade is in itself good for the people, that there are limits to the influence of its people, that export controls, like all aspects of foreign policy, must be as open and as accountable as possible, that people in the U.S. have to be clear about their objectives and, in trying to shape a policy, must avoid simple answers and that the U.S. trade policy should be an expression of what is good and not what is vindictive in it. With those guidelines, the U.S. Congress, the executive branch and the people in the U.S. should be able to evolve an export policy that supports and contributes to a constructive U.S. foreign policy.


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