Our world is increasingly divided between the haves and the have nots, and the gap between these two is growing. Despite this, with all of its riches, the United States remains disconnected. A poor country in the aftermath of war is a microcosm of the world at large. Given the prodigious problems of the failed and failing nations discussed here -- Afghanistan, Cambodia, East Timor, Haiti, Iraq, Kosovo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Somalia -- the tendency is to deny the enormity of the task and to treat the problem superficially and peremptorily rather than to attack its root causes. The United Nations, flawed institution that it is, is at the core of peace-building. It has the experience, the expertise, and the mandate to help countries move from war to peace, but it must be strengthened. There are no certain prescriptions here, there are many sorrowful tales, some noble efforts, there are some elemental principles to guide us, and, finally, there is the necessity to keep trying, and to try harder.



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