National Affairs: Wary Welcome

The delegates' lounge at U.N. headquarters at Lake Success, where representatives of the world's sovereign nations gather over Martinis or orange juice, was a handy place for a casual meeting. There, one day last February, the U.S.'s lanky negotiator, Philip Jessup, fell into conversation with Russia's barrel-chested Yakov Malik. From that conversation, the U.S. learned last week, came the series of talks which brought the first break in the cold war in months: the Russians were prepared to abandon the blockade of Berlin. The end of the Berlin airlift, a historic employment of air power as a weapon of diplomacy,...

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