Reuters/Neil Hall - A United Nations flag is seen in Pyla in the Larnaca District of Cyprus March 11, 2014

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The lessons of San Francisco

April 24, 2015, Thomas Wright

At a time when the modern international order appears under strain, it is tempting to look back and ask what we can learn from the 1945 San Francisco Conference that created the United Nations. Such nostalgia is misplaced. The 1945 order failed—not partially and over the long term but completely, almost immediately, and with terrible consequences. It is its failure that holds lessons for us today.

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