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In his new book A World in Disarray: American Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order, Richard Haass discusses the differences between what he considers "World Order 1.0" and "World Order 2.0". The first version of the world order has been around for several centuries and is a world of sovereign, independent states where other nations respect each other's ability to do whatever they wish inside their own borders. He argues that this model is now outdated because of the growing trend of globalization and because what happens inside one country does not only affect that country anymore. He cites the spread of a disease or virus (such as Ebola and Zika) as prime examples of internal issues that have massive global implications.
World Order 2.0, according to Haass, implies the notion of sovereign obligations, where countries must come to understand and accept their obligations to make sure that things do not leak out of their own territory that have the capacity to impact the world in adverse ways. He cites terrorism, climate change, and disease as just a few of the obligations that are global in nature, and one country's response to one of these issues impacts the global community. He asserts that this should be the new modus operandi of American foreign policy.
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