THE NATION: Russian for Hello

In a fourth-floor office of the State Department this week, busy aides thumbed diligently through top-secret policy papers on German-Austrian affairs. George Kennan, expert on U.S.-Soviet policies, slipped off to a secret sanctum where he could think things through beyond the reach of visitors and telephones. In other offices, other State Department experts put their heads together and seriously pretended that they were Russians. If they were, what would they plan to do next?

This Thursday, by the U.S.S.R.'s promise, the Berlin blockade will be lifted. Eleven days later, the Council of Foreign Ministers will meet in Paris to discuss...

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