Nation: Diplomatic Dissonances

Top officials disagree on how to deal with the Kremlin

Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, 61, and National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, 50,* came into office good friends and close colleagues—and they were determined to remain so. They have stepped in to squelch attempts by their underlings to pick fights between the State Department and the National Security Council. The two men have roughly equal access to the President: Brzezinski briefs him early every morning, while Vance's last official act of the day is usually to prepare a confidential memo on late developments for...

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