Pakistan, Sept. 19 -- Chronologically, the Bretton Woods institutions were born over a year before the UN. However conceptually, the UN is the mother of all international institutions so, let's begin with the mother. With the Charter adopted in June 1945, the UN began functioning in October, with 51members. These now number 193. The goals of the UN, spelt out in its charter, are:

* To keep World Peace.

* To help countries get along.

* To improve living conditions.

* To make the world a better place.

Actually, only the first and third of the above are tangible goals. The other two are vague, intangible ones.

Readers might recall that I began this series with Rousseau's Social Contract, which most other political scientists agree with...