Maneuvering for Position

As the summit nears, the Soviets focus on arms control

Washington Bureau Chief Strobe Talbott is a specialist in U.S.-Soviet relations and arms control. His analysis of the interview with General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev:

If there were any lingering doubts about the deftness of the new leader of the Soviet Union, his performance in the interview with TIME should lay them to rest. He displayed bravura rather than boiler plate, and his performance was rich in the raw material of Kremlinology. Soviet-affairs experts all over the world will devote much of this week to a painstaking analysis of Mikhail Gorbachev's comments. They will be looking for insights into his personality and...

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