EAST-WEST: Advantage, Mr. Brezhnev

WHILE the world focused on the successful windup of the Viet Nam cease-fire negotiations last week, the subtle volleying between East and West that may make 1973 what Henry Kissinger called "the year of Europe" entered a chilly new phase. The talks that will set the shape of post-cold war Europe have not even yet begun. Already, though, the Soviets seem to have grabbed an advantage—one that will force some sharp reassessments of the West's ability to translate detente into an era of genuinely relaxed tensions along the Continent's military and ideological frontiers.

The volleying took place in two ostensibly...

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