Gardner, Richard N.
July 1970
Foreign Affairs;Jul1970, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p660
This article discusses steps to make the United Nations (UN) a more effective instrument for the performance of its tasks. Twenty-five years after the League of Nations was born a successor organization was being formed in San Francisco, California. One can argue that the important thing to say about the UN is not that it has fulfilled so few of its ambitious mandates, but that it has accomplished so much in the face of all the difficulties inherent in the international situation. The twenty-fifth anniversary of the UN, however, is an opportunity not just to celebrate past achievements, but to launch a continuing process of renewal and reform. If this process is to begin, we must pull no punches in analyzing the current state of the world organization. In a fundamental sense, the UN's problems are not so very different from those that afflict the political institutions of its members. As the UN is a political institution. It is natural that members should seek to pursue their national interests through it.


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