Why Are These Men Smiling?: James Baker and Eduard Shevardnadze

With so much going on in Moscow and in the Germanys last week, it was tempting to prejudge the meeting between the foreign ministers of the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. as a matter of minor consequence. The Soviets seemed so distracted -- understandably so -- that even as Secretary of State James Baker flew into Moscow to prepare for the June superpower summit, he was uncertain whether his schedule would hold up. His engagement with Soviet counterpart Eduard Shevardnadze had already been rebooked twice. Then an apologetic Shevardnadze was forced to push their first appointment back an hour and had to...

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