The role of the United States in international science is a special one. Not only do we lead in the quality and quantity of scientific research, but we are among those nations most keenly attuned to the principles of the universality of science. In my 8 years of experience as an officer in one of the associations of IUGG, I have seen a definite trend toward politicizing science. The AGU in its international relations has resisted this trend, taking the view that international scientific organizations must be as nonpolitical as possible. The proper role of an international scientific organization is to facilitate communications among scientists, principally by holding good meetings. I wholly support this position.