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The Power of SystemsHow Policy Sciences Opened Up the Cold War World$
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Egle Rindzeviciute

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501703188

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501703188.001.0001

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Shaping a Transnational Systems Community (2)

Shaping a Transnational Systems Community (2)

Family versus War Room

(p.94) 4 Shaping a Transnational Systems Community (2)
The Power of Systems

Eglė Rindzevičiūtė

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the use of informal practices and new metaphoric language, created to counteract precisely the “war room” mentality, thus helping to form East-West scientific and policy communities—a phenomenon that questions the thesis of the closed, Cold War period. A symbol of the diplomacy underscoring links rather than confrontation between East and West, IIASA could not be simply reduced to a control center, closed and isolated from the external world. The external representation of IIASA drew heavily on the existing universalist vocabulary widely used to describe the new population of international organizations. This vocabulary emphasized IIASA's role in establishing links across national borders and as a politically neutral space for the advancement of universal, scientific knowledge. Meanwhile, the internal representation of IIASA was more peculiar and was carried mainly by oral discourse, the narratives circulated inside the institute.

Keywords:   war room mentality, East-West scientific communities, Cold War, IIASA, international organizations, politically neutral space, scientific knowledge

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