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A World in Disarray Audiobook

A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order

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Publisher's Summary

An examination of a world increasingly defined by disorder and a United States unable to shape the world in its image, from the president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold. The rules, policies, and institutions that have guided the world since World War II have largely run their course. Respect for sovereignty alone cannot uphold order in an age defined by global challenges from terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons to climate change and cyberspace. Meanwhile, great power rivalry is returning. Weak states pose problems just as confounding as strong ones. The United States remains the world's strongest country, but American foreign policy has at times made matters worse, both by what the US has done and by what it has failed to do. The Middle East is in chaos; Asia is threatened by China's rise and a reckless North Korea; and Europe, for decades the world's most stable region, is now anything but. The unexpected vote for "Brexit" signals that many in modern democracies reject important aspects of globalization, including borders open to trade and immigrants.

In A World in Disarray, Richard Haass argues for an updated global operating system - call it world order 2.0 - that reflects the reality that power is widely distributed and that borders count for less. One critical element of this adjustment will be adopting a new approach to sovereignty, one that embraces its obligations and responsibilities as well as its rights and protections. Haass also details how the US should act toward China and Russia as well as in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He suggests, too, what the country should do to address its dysfunctional politics, mounting debt, and lack of agreement on the nature of its relationship with the world.

A World in Disarray is a wise examination, one rich in history, of the current world along with how we got here and what needs doing. Haass shows that the world cannot have stability or prosperity without the United States, but the United States cannot be a force for global stability and prosperity without its politicians and citizens reaching a new understanding.

©2017 Richard Haass (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    "I look at the world politic and how we got here"

    oh well narrated and interesting look at World politics and how we got here. didn't agree with all of his analysis and solutions . but good discussion points

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    Brian 02-21-17
    Brian 02-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A difficult yet interesting book"

    I appreciate the structure of the book. However for the amount of content, I wish the language used was made the book more accessible. Getting through the book took a while. Perhaps I was not the intended audience.

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    seeker656 Ivins, Utah 02-20-17
    seeker656 Ivins, Utah 02-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Informative. Left me optimistic and pessimistic"
    Where does A World in Disarray rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fairly high in my nonfiction list. The narration was clear and informative. The author describes the complexity of the world very well and suggests some reasonable policy prescriptions that are thought provoking but unattainable in our current broken political system.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Left me pessimistic.


    Have you listened to any of Dan Woren and Richard Haass ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The fundamental need for an informed electorate is essential for progress in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Haass is obviously well qualified to address the issues covered in this book. I found the book generally thought provoking and apolitical. I may buy the earlier book he wrote on our domestic issues.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Gatineau, Quebec, Canada 02-07-17
    Matthew Gatineau, Quebec, Canada 02-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Really interesting and well written."

    I learned a lot, how ever some was above me. Overall it comes off as very fair, objective, and insightful.

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    Don 02-02-17
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    "Timely"

    This book was easy to follow and informative. Mr Haas makes an excellent case for Informed actions for US as participants in global society, economy and culture. Voters should be educated in the US involvement in the world. Isolation is impractical and harmful.

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    U. Arazy 02-20-17
    U. Arazy 02-20-17 Member Since 2016

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    Would you listen to A World in Disarray again? Why?

    Excellent overview of modern US foreign affairs from post WW II through today, covering the role off the superpowers led by the US and the rest of the world


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    Stephen 02-06-17
    Stephen 02-06-17
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    "A somewhat dull history lesson"

    I expected this book to be an engaging read although what I found was a fairly dry history styled book with predictable conclusions. All in all a dry and uninspiring book.

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    Paul A. Hinenburg aventura, florida United States 02-04-17
    Paul A. Hinenburg aventura, florida United States 02-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    Cogent for our current situations. A well trimmed piece quite easy to endorse or rebuke

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    Hans 02-11-17
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    "Waste of Time...."
    What could Richard Haass have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Be more frank - and transparent. But as a supremacist, he won't.


    What didn’t you like about Dan Woren and Richard Haass ’s performance?

    Very unbalanced book. Lacks more than could be fixed !


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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