Diplomacy: Man on the Spot

Only Moscow is likely to present a greater challenge to an American ambassador during the coming years than Paris— where the man representing the U.S. will have to cope with the rapidly evolving community of European nations and the stubborn aspirations of Charles de Gaulle. Last week, as his choice to succeed retiring Ambassador James A. Gavin in Paris, President Kennedy chose a handsome, seasoned career diplomat who has already made his name as a Russian expert: Charles E. ("Chip") Bohlen, 57, Ambassador to Moscow from 1953 to 1957.

During his 33-year career, Bohlen has shown a tough turn of...

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