Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s tenure as managing director of the International Monetary Fund coincided with fundamental shifts in global economic power to emerging markets from the United States and Europe. But whether there truly is a new world order will be revealed by Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s suddenly unavoidable exit from the world stage.

The former French finance minister was removed by authorities from the first class cabin of a flight bound for Paris from New York on Saturday afternoon, and was charged in the wee hours Sunday with attempted rape and unlawful confinement of a 32-year-old...

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