Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Going Global in 'World Order,' Henry Kissinger Overlooks Key Players on the World Stage

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Going Global in 'World Order,' Henry Kissinger Overlooks Key Players on the World Stage

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"WORLD ORDER"

By Henry Kissinger

Penguin Press ($36).

In "World Order," Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state, has tackled head-on a very evident and important question bearing on the future of not only the United States but the whole world - the major shift in world order that is currently occurring.

Drawing on his age, having lived through the major events of the past six decades first as an academic, then as a major player during the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and in recent years as a well-connected, informed and listened-to observer, Mr. Kissinger and his associates have taken a fairly well-focused historical and analytical look at the subject, up to the present.

At the end of the book, Mr. Kissinger offers observations in the final paragraphs, "Where Do We Go From Here," that at least pose some of the questions that need to be addressed at this point.

Even though one of the basic premises of his analysis is that the role of the United States in determining international affairs is perforce diminishing - a development at the core of the change in world order - he nonetheless maintains that the role the United States plays in the evolution of world affairs will continue to be critical in their outcome, in material and in moral terms.

The book - or, let us say, Mr. Kissinger's analysis and prescriptions based on the change in world order underway - suffers from one major and one minor flaw.

The book's major flaw is that Mr. Kissinger works only from analysis of Europe, Asia and North America, whereas one of the critical elements in world order in general, and, particularly, in the current breakdown or shifts in it, is taking place in Africa. …

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