The Summit: The Men Who Made It All Work

Pavlov and Aronson each expected the other to be a hard-line old thinker. After a year of tough bargaining, they found they were friends

All that Bernie Aronson knew about Yuri Pavlov before they met last June had been gleaned from the transcripts of Pavlov's meetings with Elliott Abrams, Aronson's predecessor as State's top Latin American hand. In keeping with the nature of Soviet-American relations during the Reagan era, the Pavlov-Abrams sessions were contentious and polemical. Aronson feared he would confront a tough hard-liner -- and Pavlov felt the same way. Instead, each found a kindred spirit. If Pavlov were an American, he would probably be a liberal Democrat. The two diplomats now describe themselves as friends, and Aronson's is the only American home Pavlov...

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