THE ADMINISTRATION: Summit at Downing Street

White House advisers are referring to this week's seven-nation conference in London as the "Downing Street summit." The phrase has a reassuring ring, evoking images of leather upholstery, briar pipes, glasses of sherry, and urbane diplomats about to decide the fate of the world without undue interference from press or public. Those days are long gone, of course, but Jimmy Carter is taking a kind of subdued, 19th century approach to his two-day meeting with the leaders of Britain, France, West Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada. He plans to listen and learn, and not press too hard for...

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