CONFERENCES: Down to Business

The Western delegates arrived in Geneva in a mood of no nonsense, no politics and not much hope. This was to be a scientific meeting of technical experts, but the Western scientists were uncertain whether the Eastern delegates would be in the same mood—or whether the Eastern delegates would be there at all.

Just before the scheduled start of "The Conference of Experts to Study the Possibility of Detecting Violations of a Possible Agreement on Suspension of Nuclear Tests," the Russians had threatened to boycott the talks unless the U.S. first agreed in...

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