DIPLOMACY: A Growing U.S.-and Global-Concern

American presidential elections are always unnerving to policymakers outside the U.S. With as many as a dozen candidates stumping America, boldly attacking this position or proudly defending that one, observers abroad see American foreign policy as falling into a quadrennial state of near paralysis. This year the problem is compounded by what has come to be known in Washington and in chancelleries abroad as "the Kissinger problem" (see box opposite). Among the signs:

-The Administration is bogging down in obtaining a SALT II agreement with the Soviets. Sharp differences over arms limitations exist, not...

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