With High-Minded Appeals Waning, Multilateralists Should Get ‘Primitive’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres makes remarks congratulating Nobel Peace Prize winners Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad at U.N. headquarters, New York, Oct. 5, 2018 (AP photo by Bebeto Matthews).
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres makes remarks congratulating Nobel Peace Prize winners Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad at U.N. headquarters, New York, Oct. 5, 2018 (AP photo by Bebeto Matthews).
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Calling someone or something “primitive” is not normally meant as a compliment. But I have just learned that I may be a “primitive multilateralist.” It is a badge that I wear proudly. This weekend, Financial Times columnist Simon Kuper published a smart think piece on the process that led to the 1919 Versailles Treaty and the end of World War I. There will certainly be many more articles in this vein to mark the ill-fated agreement’s 100th anniversary this year. A lot of pundits will note that the Paris Peace Conference gave birth to modern multilateral diplomacy through the creation […]

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