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Thinking Big by Nathaniel Loewentheil, James Lardner

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5 Rejoining the World

Jim Harkness and Alexandra Spieldoch

SIXTY years ago, it was the United States that advocated most eloquently for passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first global expression of the inherent rights of all people. We were the richest and most powerful country on Earth, and the problems of other nations seemed to have little practical bearing on our prosperity. Nevertheless, the American commitment to multilateral solutions was bold and unwavering. Today, by contrast, many of our biggest challenges are clearly global in nature. Yet even as domestic policy has become more and more obviously intertwined with foreign policy, the United States has chosen to distance itself from international organizations ...

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