Signals over the Abyss

Moscow's "mood music" may be fine, but Reagan wants concrete actions

Perhaps more than any other event, a change in command at the Kremlin holds out hope for better relations between Washington and Moscow. It gives the leaders of the nuclear-armed superpowers a fresh slate, free of personal enmity and old misunderstandings. Because a new Soviet leader is, almost by definition, an unknown quantity, he is seen through hopeful Western eyes as a possible friend, or at least something less than an unblinking enemy. And so, now that Yuri Andropov has become only the...

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