Those Who Thought Ahead

Veteran policy planners consider the legacy of a wiser era

Some walked slowly, stooped but not dimmed by years, like George F. Kennan, 83, who helped set up the first U.S. embassy in the Soviet Union 54 years ago. Others, still bouncy in the heyday of their careers, flew in from faraway posts, like Winston Lord, 49, the U.S. Ambassador to China. The twelve men who assembled in the State Department last week represented one of the most impressive gatherings of U.S. diplomatic talent in recent years. All are former directors of the policy-planning staff, a branch of the State Department established 40 years ago this month to consider how to...

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