The International Treaty-Making Process: Paradise Lost, or Humpty Dumpty?
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The question I have sought to pose — though I confess a much easier familiarity with Mother Goose’s oeuvre than with John Milton’s baroque extravaganza — is whether the international treaty-making system as we have known it is forever gone, irretrievably shattered, beyond the reach of reconstructive surgery, or whether instead its demise represents, like the biblical loss of innocence, an event which, while of the most fundamental significance, is, in the end, one element in an endless struggle between eternally contending forces.
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