The Misunderstood Roots of International Order—And Why They Matter Again

September 24, 2018

by James Goldgeier

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It is easy to forget that the founders of the postwar order did not initially build it for the Cold War, but to constrain what they believed were the root causes of political and economic catastrophes: hyper-nationalism and protectionist trade policies. Now, those threats are back, not just elsewhere in the world, but in U.S. policies themselves.