Putting It on the Table

Star Wars is the big obstacle as the U.S. and Soviets return to Geneva

When Max Kampelman of the U.S. and Victor Karpov of the Soviet Union take their seats at a table in Geneva next week, they will be marking the end of a superpower standoff that has lasted for 15 uneasy months. The possessors of the world's two mightiest arsenals of doomsday weapons will once again be formally seeking agreement on ways to control their destructive power. No miracles are expected: nuclear negotiations over the past 22 years have occasionally resulted in limits on future stockpiles, but never in deep reductions of current ones. Yet the U.S. is convinced that the new round...

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