State's Shake-Up

When handsome, white-topped Edward R. Stettinius became Under Secretary of State, things perked up. The State Department's crusty old walls got a coat of paint. Higher-watt light bulbs blossomed in the dim hallways. Officials of the traditionally standoffish Department stepped up to NBC microphones with a weekly series of folksy Saturday night dialogues ("The State Department Speaks"). Last week the streamlining reached a climax. The Department announced a stem-to-stern shake-up of its whole shop—a reorganization to grapple more realistically with the new U.S. role in a new kind of world.

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