Tough Talk At Riga

Amid the turmoil that engulfed Soviet-American relations last week, some 250 U.S. citizens traveled to Riga, the resplendent medieval capital of the Soviet Republic of Latvia, for a meeting with 2,000 carefully selected Soviets that was sponsored by the Chautauqua Institution, a New York organization that has sponsored cultural, educational and public-affairs groups around the world for 112 years. Among the American panelists who accompanied the group was TIME Washington Bureau Chief Strobe Talbott. His report:

Like the calibrated give-and-take over summitry and alleged spying that dominated Washington and Moscow, the gathering in Riga dramatized a basic principle of superpower relations:...

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