- 1954 - 1972 (Creation)
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The AC/89 chronological series contains the records of the Sub-Committee on Soviet Economic Policy. This committee was created in December 1954 as the Working Group on the Comparative Study of Economic Trends in the NATO Countries and the Soviet Bloc. In May 1956, it was renamed the "Working Group on Soviet Economic Policy" and its Terms of Reference were expanded (C-R(56)32).Two tasks were assigned to it: to continue the comparative studies on the economy of the NATO nations and countries in the Soviet bloc, and to prepare periodic studies on the economic measures taken by the Soviet Union with regard to other countries, including China. In September 1956, it was tasked with a regular and ongoing mission, taking on the name of "Committee on Soviet Economic Policy". In May 1958, the Committee was renamed the "Sub-committee on Soviet Policy" and was attached to the Economic Committee. The Sub-committee operated under this name until 1970, at which time its name was changed to "Economic Sub-committee on Soviet Economic Policy" (C-R(70)8). As far as the end of its work is concerned, no document has been found attesting to the Sub-committee's disbandment. It appears to have amalgamated with the Economic Committee(1). The last record in this series was circulated on 10 August 1972.
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Scope and content
The AC/89 chronological series consists of records on the economic development of the Soviet bloc and China. Also included are comparative studies on the long-term economic trends in the NATO countries and Communist bloc nations, and their impact on the Atlantic Alliance. This series of records also contains studies of the economic situation and trade policy of the satellite countries (Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, the Soviet-occupied zone in Germany, and Albania). It also contains information on the Soviet penetration of underdeveloped countries such as Yemen, the Sudan, Syria and Egypt, information on the Soviet merchant marine, information on COMECON (Council for Mutual Economic Assistance) and relations between this Council and Yugoslavia, as well as comparisons between the economic progress achieved in the Soviet Union and in the Western countries.
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System of arrangement
The documents in the AC/89 series circulated by the Sub-committee on Soviet Economic Policy are assembled by type - Document (D), Note (N), Working Paper (WP), Record (R), and then by year and number. However, the year is not mentioned for documents from 1963, 1968 and the period 1971-72, notes for the periods 1968-1969 and 1971-1972, Records for the period 1971-1972 and Working Papers for 1971. Only one agenda has been preserved, the one for 1965.
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NATO publicly disclosed information is available for research and education purposes. Any commercial use requires the written permission of NATO. Please credit the NATO Archives should any documents be used for publication. Guidelines for the proper citation of NATO publicly disclosed information can be found on the NATO Archives website (http://www.nato.int/archives).
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The documents of the chronological series were circulated in both NATO official languages (English and French).
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(1) See the series under reference AC/127.