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a multipolar world « Previous | |Next »
December 23, 2009

By the end of 2009 people have become aware that the geopolitical tectonic plates had shifted during the global financial crisis to the extent that the world of nations is now a multipolar one. Copenhagen is the moment that defines the new multipolar world. Europe was sidelined and the US could no longer call the shots as it once did. They had to sit down and deal with India and China.

The US, which once saw itself as the "indispensable nation," is no longer capable of "establishing and enforcing" a unipolar world, even if it desires to. The days of unchallenged US hegemony have passed:

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So we have to must face the world as it is and the fact that the strong do what they can, while the weak suffer what they must is hardwired into the anarchic international system. So, who will take the lead on building a new global financial architecture that reflects 21st century realities? Who will take the lead on multilateral efforts to address climate change? Who will create a new (and more credible) nonproliferation regime?

Mainstream media and analysts incessantly repeated for more than 15 years that the world was unipolar, that globalization dynamics had replaced geopolitical ones, and that U.S. power was unassailable. Now it has become almost “conventional wisdom” that the U.S. is in irreversible decline and that a multi-polar world is rapidly taking shape.

However, if the neoconservative vision of unilateral US global hegemony is history, Copenhagen showed that "China as the world leader" or as the savior of the world is misplaced. China, like the US, need to learn to operate in a multipolar world. That means the Americans need to accept that they are prone to demonizing their supposedly "evil" adversaries and that they find it hard to admit that sometimes their own behavior isn't so very different from their "evil" adversaries.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:29 AM | | Comments (1)
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Perhaps there is more chance of America blowing up the world than doing that.
China does seem to be working on the wealth is power theory and my isn't it working well. Unlike America and The Muslims who's power comes with a belief system of religion that others can adopt it will be interesting to see how China's power evolves through the world as an ideology.