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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad watch troops marching at the Hemeimeem air base, Syria, Dec. 11, 2017 (Kremlin pool photo via AP).

The Year Non-Western Powers Rewrote the Rules at the United Nations

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

One year ago, the United Nations appeared to be poised between a moment of renewal and a total meltdown.

An energetic new secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, promised to revitalize the organization after a decade of drift under Ban Ki-moon. The former Portuguese prime minister talked about a “surge of diplomacy” and the need to prevent looming conflicts. ...

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