Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs.  The purpose of the Pugwash Conferences is to bring together, from around the world, influential scholars and public figures concerned with reducing the danger of armed conflict and seeking cooperative solutions for global problems. Meeting in private as individuals, rather than as representatives of governments or institutions, Pugwash participants exchange views and explore alternative approaches to arms control and tension reduction with a combination of candor, continuity, and flexibility seldom attained in official East-West and North-South discussions and negotiations. Yet, because of the stature of many of the Pugwash participants in their own countries (as, for example, science and arms-control advisers to governments, key figures in academies of science and universities, and former and future holders of high government office), insights from Pugwash discussions tend to penetrate quickly to the appropriate levels of official policy-making.  The Pugwash Conferences take their name from the location of the first meeting, which was held in 1957 in the village of Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada, birthplace of the American philanthropist Cyrus Eaton, who hosted the meeting.  For more information, visit the web site at http://www.pugwash.org/ . Pugwash, Geneva Office, The WMO/OMM Building, 7 bis, Avenue de la Paix, 1202 GENEVA, Switzerland.  Phone: + 41-22-730-8620; Fax: + 41-22-730-8625; Email: pugwash@gcsp.ch .  Pugwash, London Office, Flat A Museum Mansions, 63A Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3BJ, England.  Tel: + 44-207-4056661; Fax: + 44-207-8315651; E-mail: pugwash@qmw.ac.uk .  Pugwash, US Office, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 136 Irving St., Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.   Phone: + 1 617-576-5022; Fax: + 1 617-576-5050; E-mail: pugwash@amacad.org 

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