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The CSIS's Take On Multilateralism

posted Jul 7, 2012, 8:46 AM by Anthony Severin   [ updated Jul 7, 2012, 8:46 AM ]
I ran across this article yesterday from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (one of my favorite research institutions). I like it because it's a pretty good explanation of the foundations of the UN, foundations of multilateralism, and the current state of multilaterism in U.S. foreign policy. It'd be an excellent read for debaters of either policy resolution.

From the article's opening paragraph I take the following excerpt. I'm particularly fond of the rhythm the author seems to infuse into his writing.

"Among the organizations formed in the wake of World War II, the United Nations has been more welcoming to nations than most institutions, imposing little responsibility or criteria on its members. Both tyrants and democrats have a place at the table; human rights violators often sit alongside nations that oifer asylum and refuge to those being persecuted. And it is precisely because the UN was conceived as a community of nations rather than as a community of democracies that it has endured."

Have a good weekend!