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O'Brien, Timothy. 2007. "Woodrow Wilson: A Failure of Leadership - A Broken Middle East." John Ben Shepperd Journal Of Practical Leadership Spring 2007, 52-63.


President Woodrow Wilson failed to engage and lead the Great Powers at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, thereby missing the opportunity to influence and shape the eventual outcomes of their far-reaching policy decisions. Had he been more effective there, many of the dysfunctions in the Middle East may well not exist today.