The Nitze Approach: Hard Line, Deft Touch

If by last July, Paul Nitze and Yuli Kvitsinsky were not precisely friends, the American and his much younger Soviet counterpart nevertheless knew each other well. For more than eight months, Nitze, 76, and Kvitsinsky, 46, had been assigned to Geneva, meeting twice weekly to negotiate a diminution of both sides' European missile arsenals, the goal of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) talks. The men met more casually as well. Their final informal meeting before last summer's two-month recess took place on the afternoon of July 16 at a mountainside restaurant near the...

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