A Letter From The Publisher: Mar. 16, 1981

Foreign correspondents spend much of their lives dashing off to wars and disasters, sending back the news as fast as they can gather it. This is exciting, even romantic — but often an even more stimulating challenge comes with being freed from deadlines to take a longer and closer look at the cultural and political forces at work in various areas of the world. In the past two years, TIME correspondents have made extended reporting tours of Central America, Southeast Asia, West Africa, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. For this week's detailed portrait...

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