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Regional Systems and the Future of U. N.

THE world's preoccupation with organizing the structure of the United Nations has, among other but minor reasons, caused Pan-Americanism to pass through a very critical period. In our effort to secure the success of the world system we practically laid aside the American organization, the result of a century of growth. However, peace will never be a matter of construction, but always of reconstruction. A new order cannot be created by cancelling the past achievements of human culture and civilization. Peace is a result; it cannot be a beginning any more than it can be an end in itself.

This work of reconstruction must be attempted on a continental basis and on a world-wide scale. The continental system of peace and security will facilitate the functioning of the world system of peace and security. There is no contradiction in this concept, despite the fact that because of the confusion still prevailing in the present "postwar" period the ideas of regionalism and universality are often presented as contradictory.

Under prevailing circumstances, the United Nations has not yet been able, for obvious reasons, to attain its goal. In view of this, the American countries have realized that their first tasks are to adjust and reinforce Pan-Americanism, to extend the Good Neighbor policy and to defend the American concept of life. They have felt that the best way to help the United Nations construct a peaceful world organization was to strengthen their own community. Beyond this, they have realized that they must expand the American concept of international federations, in order that their successful experiment in establishing a firm basis of peace on this continent may assist the world of today in establishing a real community of peoples.

The contribution of the Americas in the field of international organization cannot be disregarded by those who aim to build a durable peace structure for the world. Indeed, the statesmen who are endeavoring to develop our present world organization have a great deal to learn from

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