chapter  11
8 Pages

International Economic Communities

WithStuart S. Nagel

An exciting new development with regard to international interaction to deal with shared policy problems is the international economic community (IEC). It involves a group of countries agreeing to remove tariff barriers to the buying and selling of goods among the countries as a minimum agreement to constitute an IEC. This chapter shows how IECs can be viewed as super-optimum solutions where conservatives, liberals and other major viewpoints can all come out ahead of their best initial expectations simultaneously. The IEC idea has the potential for being Super-optimum solutions (SOS) solution for many international disputes. The chapter shows the application of SOS analysis to the problem of the proposed secession of Chechnya from the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic (RSFSR). This application was developed in collaboration with Edward Ojiganoff, the Head of the Policy Analysis Division of the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR.