Delegates representing all the Great Powers, except Russia, and most of the potent minor nations, met at Geneva last week, forming an assembly whose 22-word title sketched its purpose: The Preparatory Commission for the Disarmament Conference, being a Commission to prepare for a Conference on the Reduction and Limitation of Armaments.

Can the nations be got together at the Disarmament Conference itself with sufficient chance of success to make worth while its being held at all?

The very word "disarmament" has no meaning for purposes of international negotiation until defined. Does it mean,...

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