At a time when our security is seemingly under threat from every side-terrorists, disease, climate change, population growth, natural disasters, weapons of mass destruction, short-sighted foreign policies-the UN remains a vital instrument of international governance. In an interdependent world, engagement and cooperation, not isolation or unilateralism, are the keys to security.

I know first-hand that the United Nations has all the problems you would expect a 60-year-old institution to have, and more. I also know that the institution remains far more important than politically-motivated "UNbashers" would have the world believe. At a time when our security is seemingly under threat from...

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