Facing the Nation

For viewers of the weekly Soviet TV show International Panorama, it was a rare spectacle. At the beginning of a program devoted to doctrinaire analysis of world affairs, the cool, youthful image of U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Kenneth Dam suddenly appeared. In a taped transmission from a reception room at the State Department, Dam responded to Correspondent Alexander Druzhinin's questions about arms control. Dam assured his Soviet audience that the U.S. was sincere in hoping to reach an agreement in the talks currently under way.

Just as unusual as Dam's uncensored six-minute...

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