Friday, January 12, 2018

A World in Disarray by Richard Haass

This book's full title is A World in Disarray, American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order. It seems like a pretty bleak view of the world, but it says some interesting things.

For example, he talks about the Ukraine giving up nuclear weapons at independence in the 1990's. Two decades later it was attached by Russia who took the Crimea and the Eastern part of the country. Iraq was forced to give up its nuclear weapons program was invaded by the US a decade later. Libya gave up nuclear program in 2003 and less than a decade later the government was removed by the US and European countries. He says that Iran and North Korean have learned a lesson.

There is a good review by Michiko Kakutani at New York Times. There are good reviews again on Good Reads.

Michael Burleigh, a British historian reviews this book and 3 others on Project Syndicate. The title of the article was The World that Made Tramp. He also reviewed The Fate Of The West The Decline and Revival of the World's Most Valuable Political Idea (Economist Books) by Bill Emmott; The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age (Yale University Press) by James Kirchick; and Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era (Oxford University Press) by Michael Mandelbaum. He says that these books reflected a morbid state of introspection in the West, sustained by the mounting political and economic challenges of their time.

Richard Haass talks on CBS This Morning. There is an excerpt and a discussion with Richard Haass on the Council on Foreign Relations site. There is a discussion with Peggy Noonan on 92nd Street Y on YouTube.

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