DIPLOMACY: Toward a New International Balance

Almost a year has passed since Henry Kissinger's dramatic visit to Peking, but surprise diplomacy still seems to be in vogue. The unexpected news that North and South Korea were at the brink of amity after 27 years of vituperation was nearly as stunning in its own way as last summer's sudden thaw in U.S.-Chinese relations.

Korea, moreover, was only one of several prickly situations that seemed to be yielding to a kind of gathering spirit of conciliation. India's Indira Gandhi and Pakistan's Zulfikar Ali Bhutto met in the Himalayan foothills to talk over their deeply entrenched differences. The...

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