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Following the Second World War, in order to prevent further similar occurrences, countries decided to abide by a system of international law (5.3.6), administered by the United Nations (UN) organisation. The UN is primarily a political institution and its scope stretches beyond its legal role. It is the prime mechanism whereby countries cooperate for their own benefit.
The following sub-sections briefly examine the UN (184.108.40.206), the problems in the way in which it operates (220.127.116.11), and some other global institutions that have political power (18.104.22.168).