"Across the world a resurgence of tribal ties is creating more complex global alliances. Where once diplomacy defined borders, now history, race, ethnicity, religion, and culture are dividing humanity into dynamic new groupings."That development is definitely not a good thing because it places inferior, fixed, and often erroneous variables that human beings "inherit" at the top of human alliance priorities, and places the mutable and superior variables such as education, performance and individual MERIT below them.
The fixed variables always lead to war and conflagration between various "groups of inheritance".
The unfixed variables have led to modern civilization, a civilization which thrives on merit.
The "New World Order" that Newsweek identifies is thus a retreat of the world from civilized society and poses a threat to modern civilization.