World orders are rarely stable, nor are periods of relative peace a matter of coincidence, argues Richard Haass, one of America’s most insightful foreign policy thinkers. In his essay, Haass draws upon lessons from 19th century Europe to argue for a revised international order that is more inclusive and better able to deal with the challenges of the 21st century. His analysis of the state of the world today is sobering, yet anyone concerned about where the world is heading can take solace in his conclusion that it’s not too late to steer the world away from chaos.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why the current world order is ill-equipped to respond to the challenges of the 21st century and
- What policy makers today can learn from 19th century European politics.
About the Author
Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations and served as a director of policy planning for the US State Department under President George W. Bush.