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As a civilization and a religion, Islam envisions the optimal world order very differently – as a caliphate, in which faith and government are united and peace prevails throughout the Dar al-Islam, or house of Islam.Kissinger's hope is that these countries and rising powers like India and presumably Brazil (he leaves Latin America out of his account of world orders) will be able to forge agreement on a set of rules that all will regard as legitimate, thereby maintaining a stable global balance of power.An effective world order for the 21st century, however, must do much more than keep the peace. Kissinger focuses on inter-state relations – on how, from one country's perspective, to avoid war with other countries while deterring them from aggression or other actions likely to upset a regional or global balance of power. Today, faced with a virus that kills half of those it infects and the prospect that it could decimate an entire region of Africa, disrupt air travel, and put people around the world in quarantine, the world has delivered only a fraction of the needed financial and material assistance.We live in a world of global problems and largely national solutions.
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