Linking the Unlinkable

Tying arms control to Soviet acts: a noble aim that often fails

As Alexander Haig learned in Geneva last week, linkage is one of those diplomatic catchwords that is easy to proclaim but difficult to apply. And when it is applied, it can create more problems for the U.S. than for the Soviet Union.

Linkage means making cooperation with Moscow in one area contingent on Soviet self-restraint in others. That proposition has a profound appeal for any American who ponders the dilemma of having to share the planet with a nation like the U.S.S.R. Soviet...

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