DIPLOMACY: The Ambassador

/ do not think we can look forward to a tranquil world so long as the Soviet Union operates in its present form. The only hope, and this is a fairly thin one, is that at some point the Soviet Union will begin to act like a country instead of a cause.

—Charles E. Bohlen, Witness to History 1929-1969

In a world rife with the rhetoric of detente, this admonition might sound like the words of a cold warrior, but it was certainly not that. Rather it was the final judgment of a coolly professional career diplomat who, after 42 years...

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