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
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
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.
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.
Left me pessimistic.
The fundamental need for an informed electorate is essential for progress in the future.
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.
I learned a lot, how ever some was above me. Overall it comes off as very fair, objective, and insightful.
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.
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
Cogent for our current situations. A well trimmed piece quite easy to endorse or rebuke
Be more frank - and transparent. But as a supremacist, he won't.
Very unbalanced book. Lacks more than could be fixed !
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