Because of their frequent contacts with fellow scientists overseas, and particularly in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, the scientific com?munity is perhaps more keenly aware than most of the dilemma between ‘dialogue’ and ‘protest’ on human rights issues and individual cases. These two approaches are not, however, as mutually exclusive as they are some?times made to appear; pressure, whether public or private, on individual cases does not necessarily constitute a threat to continuity of contacts and flow of information if it is handled with care, since the need to sustain this flow is ultimately a more pressing concern for both sides. There is little evidence to indicate that moves by scientists in the West on behalf of professional colleagues elsewhere has seriously inhibited scientific exchange in the long term.
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