How to Tell When the Weakening U.S.-Backed World Order Is Gone for Good

How to Tell When the Weakening U.S.-Backed World Order Is Gone for Good
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO headquarters, Brussels, Feb. 16, 2017 (AP photo by Virginia Mayo).

Seventy years ago, a new world order emerged from the ashes of World War II. It never worked perfectly; there were still wars between and within nations. But the system did help prevent large-scale, great-power conflict and provide a rules-based process for interaction between nations. Now it may be dying. The United States was not the sole inventor of the post-WW II order, but Washington was its primary architect. But the new order did not take the shape that U.S. leaders expected. As WW II ended, Americans thought that the victorious allied powers would manage world order in concert. When […]

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