A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 5, 1983

When the Soviets walked out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) talks in Geneva last week, Diplomatic Correspondent Strobe Talbott, who wrote the behind-the-scenes history of the negotiations that accompanies this week's cover story, confessed to some pessimism about the course of events. Nevertheless, he is confident that arms control is an unfinished story. Says Talbott: "The interruption of these talks closed an episode, but there will probably be more chapters to come." Talbott has closely followed the labyrinthine plot twists of arms-control negotiations for ten years. He covered the U.S.-Soviet Strategic...

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