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On Oct. 24, the United Nations will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding in 1945, when the historic U.N. Charter entered into force. Sadly, the organization will do so at a time when multilateralism has never seemed more in peril.

The COVID-19 pandemic has inaugurated a new era of deglobalization. Evidence of isolationism and protectionism is mounting, with many governments loudly emphasizing sovereignty, nationalism, and self-reliance, and questioning treaties and trade agreements. The U.N. therefore has every reason to worry about its continuing salience.

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