CONFERENCES: Carriages at 8

Diplomatic parties, like diplomatic conferences, are leftovers from the days when diplomacy implied ambassadors and politically influential ballerinas making history behind champagne and potted palms. Those were the days when agreement between nations was possible. Now that diplomacy has become a matter of political philosophies which by definition cannot agree with each other, both the conferences and the parties have assumed the unreal air of a costume play in modern dress.

One day last week, the Foreign Ministers' conference broke up early. It mattered little, for only disagreement was on the order of the day (see below). King George and Queen...

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