The United States recently scored a historic victory when it overhauled a 145-year-old international organization, the Universal Postal Union, whose outdated policies were undermining American interests. This week, the White House will celebrate that deal with the union's director general, Bishar Hussein, who will receive formal notice that the United States will remain in the organization.
This is a big deal — the union, founded in 1874, coordinates international mail delivery; when you get a postcard from your cousin traveling in France, you have the union to thank.
But the agreement is even more significant for what it demonstrates: how effective American diplomacy can be when it is strategically and forcefully deployed. The deal provides a road map for reforming other international organizations now treating the United States unfairly and in desperate need of change.