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The present state of the nuclear arms race. The speaker as Canada's representative in the disarmament negotiations in Geneva and New York. A frank account of the situation as the speaker sees it. A series of questions, and some personal responses. "What is the meaning of this new riddle of the technological age, carved in initials?" (ABM, ICBM, FOBS, MIRV, SALT) "What is being done to check the seeming inevitability of the escalating race in weapons, ever more devastating in their effects and ever more dependable in their delivery systems?" "What is Canada's stake in the efforts being made to bring this arms race under control through negotiations; and what is Canada's role in this diplomatic effort, …" A detailed discussion in response to these questions follows. Concluding and summary remarks including some Canadian initiatives.