Diplomacy: Goodbye to Tito

George Kennan, 59, U.S. Ambassador to Yugoslavia, is a scholarly yet friendly fellow who likes to receive visitors, ordinarily answers his telephone. But not last week. Newsmen calling Kennan got only aides who repeated, "No comment, no comment." There was a reason for the reticence. Kennan did not want to make a public statement about why he is retiring from diplomatic service.

An off-and-on diplomat for 25 years, Kennan was U.S. Ambassador to Russia from March to October, 1952, won recognition as an expert on Communism, spent eight years with the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and returned to...

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