The Allies: The Strains of Partnership

It started out as just another conference in the interminable, 17-year East-West round on disarmament. According to a rare joint U.S. Russian decision reached at the U.N. late last year, it would be a mammoth 18-nation affair, scheduled to begin in Geneva in March. For weeks nobody had given it much thought; then suddenly both East and West seized on the conference and tried to turn it into something else.

First, President Kennedy and Britain's Prime Minister Harold Macmillan proposed that the whole thing be elevated to higher status by having the...

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