W. F. Dodd


The second Hague Conference came to an end on October 18, 1907, after sitting for more than four months. In the popular mind the Conference has been dismissed as a failure. No sensational actions were taken, and the quiet and solid work of a group of international lawyers has had little attraction for the general public. It is, however, worth while to make a plain statement of what the Conference did and did not accomplish. The first Hague Conference in 1899 was essentially a peace conference. The question of partial disarmament was put at the head of the Russian program for that meeting and when no scheme embodying this proposal received favorable consideration, the conference was called a failure. But after eight years we know that it was not a failure, and that it will rank as one of the most important meetings in the world's history.