A Letter From The Publisher: May 9, 1983

The severe strains besetting the 34-year-old Atlantic Alliance have long been a concern of TIME'S editors, both in print and out. Last week they acted on that concern by convening 45 representatives from seven NATO countries, including politicians government officials, academics and think-tank analysts, for a three-day Atlantic Conference '83 in Hamburg, West Germany. Explains Editor-in-Chief Henry Grunwald, who led TIME'S delegation of 26 editors, writers and correspondents: "We all know that the survival and strength of the Atlantic Alliance, military, political, economic, are of the utmost importance to world peace. We wanted to find some way to focus on these...

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