World: CENTO: A Tattered Alliance

Playing the great game in a geopolitical disaster area

Twenty-three years ago Iran, along with Pakistan and Turkey, became America's Southwest Asian ally in the Central Treaty Organization (CENTO). Today these nations on the southern flank of the Soviet Union are more than ever distressed about the growing political instability in their midst—and the potential that this creates for Kremlin mischief. Last week, after touring the volatile CENTO countries, TIME Diplomatic Correspondent Strobe Talbott wrote this assessment from Tehran:

When the Shah of Iran looks at a map of his region he has a...

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