In a time of swords, men dream of plowshares. For much of mankind the dream has seldom been as fervent —or as elusive—as it is today. History's greatest tyranny enslaves half the globe; science and technology offer not only the promise of poverty and hunger conquered but also the threat of civilization destroyed. Each day, from Selma to Saigon, brings evidence that man exists in a climate of risk. Last week the United Nations, which had earlier designated 1965 as International Cooperation Year, reached a stalemate and adjourned for six months.

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