After 14 years of numbing stalemate, the attempt at conventional arms control in Europe stirs. Negotiations on mutual and balanced force reductions (MBFR) in Central Europe remain deadlocked and are of little concern to the politicians or ordinary citizens of either alliance. Instead, Western and Eastern leaders are concentrating their energies on a separate endeavor that would replace MBFR, namely the effort among the 23 member-states of NATO and the Warsaw Pact to agree on a new negotiation to reduce and limit conventional forces in the whole of Europe from the Atlantic Ocean to the Ural mountains.