DIPLOMACY: Restoring a Sense of Cohesion

Vance travels to head off criticism of U.S. policy

The trip had been so hastily put together that there was not even a firm itinerary on the day of departure. But for Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, organizing a precise travel schedule was the least of his worries. With the Western alliance in disarray over its response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Vance shuttled his way through four European capitals last week in an attempt to win support for the activist U.S. position.

The whirlwind tour had become urgently necessary in the wake...

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