A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 26, 1979

Tacked to the wall of Associate Editor Burton Pines' office is an outsized map of the world, with each nation a distinct and striking hue. "Looking at a map like this one," says Pines, who occasionally glanced at it while writing his second straight cover story on the Israeli-Egyptian negotiations, "helps you take account of geopolitical realities when discussing U.S. foreign policy."

Pines first appreciated the significance of the Middle East in 1956 when, at 16, he avidly followed the Suez Crisis. Eleven years later, after earning his B.A. and master's degrees in history at the University of Wisconsin, he found himself...

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