After World War I, in the mirrored halls of Versailles, the world's statesmen, big & little, gathered to write what Woodrow Wilson hoped would be ''open covenants openly arrived at." The hope was chimerical. The Big Four fought in public; politicians from the small nations poisoned the air with claims and counterclaims. In the end, the covenants were not openly arrived at, and the covenants did not last.
This time the method and manner would be different. Would the results be different?
This week, in a long cream and gilt room of...