Does World Order Have a Future?

CNN Host Fareed Zakaria and Richard Haass examine the concept of “world order” and what to do to promote it in an age of revived great-power rivalry and global challenges.

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  • Richard Haass
    President, Council on Foreign Relations

Show Notes

About This Episode


Global challenges require international cooperation and norms, but the framework for these norms is shifting. In this episode of Nine Questions for the World, Richard Haass and CNN Host Fareed Zakaria examine the concept of “world order.” At the core of the conversation are two questions: What will the world order look like in the future? And what role should the United States play in the century to come?


This podcast series was originally presented as “The 21st Century World: Big Challenges and Big Ideas,” an event series in celebration of CFR’s centennial.  This episode is based on a live event that took place on November 16, 2021.


See the corresponding video here.


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From Fareed Zakaria


The narrow path to liberal democracy,” Washington Post


Is the West’s future really so gloomy?,” Washington Post


The United States and China are locked in a Cold Peace,” Washington Post


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Terrence Mullan, “The World Order Is Dead. Long Live the World Order.”


The Liberal World Order, With Robert Kagan,” The President’s Inbox


Kyle Evanoff, “Working on World Order: Help Wanted for Twenty-First-Century U.S. Leadership


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Francis Fukuyama, “The Pandemic and Political Order,” Foreign Affairs


Walter Russell Mead, “A Liberalish New World Order,” Wall Street Journal


Stephen M. Walt, “The World Might Want China’s Rules,” Foreign Policy


Tom McTague, “Joe Biden’s New World Order,” Atlantic


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