America Abroad: Virtuoso Transformations

Virtuoso Transformations

Rarely have the prospects for diplomacy seemed so bright at the beginning of a new year. High hopes for 1989 are the result of high drama in 1988. Twice, just as the curtain was coming down on the old year, a major figure stepped to the edge of the footlights and delivered a soliloquy intended to persuade the world that he is tired of playing a villain. He pledged that the policies he represents had changed in fundamental and salutary ways. And the audience, including a skeptical American President, applauded.

First came Mikhail Gorbachev. In his speech to the United Nations...

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