The World: Diplomat in Stocking Feet

THE crown of my career" is the way Dutch Foreign Minister Joseph Marie Antoine Hubert Luns describes his new post as NATO's civilian chief. The phrasing is apt. In his 19 years as The Netherlands' ranking diplomat, Luns, 59, has worked as hard for Western European unity and cooperation with the U.S. as any statesman on the Continent.

As NATO's fifth Secretary-General,*Luns takes over at a crucial time, when the alliance is beginning to explore troop reductions with the Warsaw Pact nations. Luns' own predilection is for caution. He does not want NATO to become so mesmerized by hopes of detente that...

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