|Author (Person)||Lo, Bobo|
|Publisher||French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)|
|Series Title||IFRI Reports: Proliferation Papers, IFRI Reports: Russie.Nei.Reports|
|Series Details||Number 32/47|
|Publication Date||February 2010|
|Content Type||Research Paper|
Over the past decade, there has been much talk about a new world order, in which American "unipolarity" would be superseded by more equal arrangements between the great powers.
One such idea is a return to the Russia-China-US triangle. In truth, however, the time for such geopolitical schemes has long passed. The contemporary international system is too complex and interdependent to be reduced to crude strategic balancing-a reality underlined by the global financial crisis.
The most likely successor to US global leadership is not a "multipolar world order" dominated by the great powers, but a rough Sino-American bipolarity.
This would bear little resemblance to the stark model of the cold war era, but instead foreshadow a new, post-modern triangle. The "third side" would not be Russia, but a mass of formal and informal networks involving nation-states, multilateral institutions, and non-state actors.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||China, Russia, United States|