A Fighter Pilot Turned Negotiator

Saudi diplomats in Washington and other capitals have usually been self-effacing and reserved, preferring to make their case in quiet, behind-the-scenes contacts. Not Prince Bandar ibn Sultan, 34, who played an instrumental role in arranging the cease-fire in Lebanon and who has just been appointed as Saudi Arabia's new Ambassador to the U.S. He likes to be in the thick of the action.

Prince Bandar's royal blood and his savvy about American ways have given him access in Washington unmatched by any other envoy, including the Soviet Union's 21-year veteran Anatoli Dobrynin. The son...

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