THE NATION: The New Diplomacy

In epic public give-and-take, at long diplomatic dinners and in late evening dacha talks, the Vice President of the U.S. spent more time with the Boss of the Soviet Union last week than any other American statesman in cold-war history. Around the world the rustlings and whisperings of regular diplomacy all but came to a halt while the chancelleries cocked their ears toward Moscow. In Moscow, oddly enough, there were no negotiations at all in the orthodox diplomatic sense, but there were loud, serious, deadly earnest debates about the resources and strengths of the West and Communism. "One reason...

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