Yesterday, the U.S. Defense Secretary, and Pentagon chief, Chuck Hagel at the Aspen Institute's Washington Ideas Forum had chuck hagelsaid when questioned about the current global chaos,"I think we are living through one of these historic, defining times. I think we are seeing a new world order.”

The sixth annual Washington Ideas Forum had brought together dozens of policy makers, business leaders, and top journalists for a series of in-depth interviews about the direction of the country and its place in the world.

Here are some key quotes from Hagel that may indicate our future realities:

“What we’re seeing in the Middle East with ISIL is going to require a steady, long-term effort. It’s going to require coalitions of common interests, which we are forming,” he added.

"I think we are living through one of these historic, defining times," Hagel said. "We are seeing a new world order—post-World War II, post-Soviet Union implosion—being built. There are many questions, foremost among the American people: What's the role of America in this new world that is evolving? Should we have a role? What is appropriate?"

"Partnership is critical, because it's not a matter of 'We all have to agree.' We need different opinions, but ... both sides get to some conclusion and make a decision on how we go forward."

SOURCES:

THE ATLANTIC

ASPEN INSTITUTE

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