After a seven-decade run, that world order is under grave assault.
Many people, including citizens in free societies, have grown skeptical of democracy, open markets, and international institutions. Globally, nationalism, populism, and protectionism are ascendant.
Authoritarian powers, China and Russia foremost among them, seek to weaken Western solidarity and liberal values.
Meanwhile, the United States, the former champion of an open world, has abdicated global leadership. Under President Donald J. Trump, it has embraced an amoral, transactional, and insular foreign policy, contributing to the sense of a world adrift.
Fortunately, not everyone is taking this lying down.