A valuable primer on foreign policy :a primer that concerned
citizens of all political persuasions&mdash;not to mention the
president and his advisers&mdash;could benefit from
reading.&#160;&mdash;The New York Times i>
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 b>
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
Weak states pose problems just as confounding as strong ones.
The United 'states remains the world&rsquo;s strongest country, but
American foreign policy has at times made matters worse, both by what
the U.'s. has done and by what it has failed to do. The Middle East is
in chaos, Asia is threatened by China&rsquo;s rise and a reckless
North Korea, and Europe, for decades the world&rsquo;s most stable
region, is now anything but.
As Richard Haass explains, the election of Donald Trump and the
unexpected vote for &ldquo;Brexit&rdquo; signals that many in
modern democracies reject important aspects of globalization,
including borders open to trade and immigrants.
World in Disarray i>, Haass argues for an updated global
operating system&mdash;call it world order 2.0&mdash;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 U.'s. should act towards 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 the lack of agreement on
the nature of its relationship with the world.
in Disarray i> 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 that the United 'states cannot be a force for
global stability and prosperity without its politicians and citizens
reaching a new understanding.
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