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Soon after taking office, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan set about the lofty task of eradicating war. Many of the treaties also provided for one-year cooling-off periods that prohibited any other action until the time expired; then a nation could accept or reject the commission's findings and act in their own best interests.The arbitration treaties were sincere efforts expended in a noble cause; however, when the major crisis of the day developed, the agreements became mere "scraps of paper."
To other Wilson foreign affairs activities.