DIPLOMACY: Rift Among Friends, Reflection About Foes

Like an earthquake, the fighting in the Middle East has sent tremors round the world and caused diplomatic seismographs to quiver in Washington and Moscow—and most of the capitals in between. Old alliances have been shaken, and new accommodations have proved less durable than they were advertised to be. In the following stories TIME examines the impact of the war on an old alliance, the NATO pact, and on a new understanding, the Soviet-American détente.

A Dogfight in the Atlantic Alliance

One casualty of the Middle East war may be a bystander—the Atlantic Alliance. Driven apart by...

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