Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Unravelling of the "World Order"

Interesting observations by Nader Mousavizadeh, a UN official, on the shifting sands of international politics:

Rouge States - the word became popular in the 1980s, mainly in the USA, to describe minor dictatorships, threatening the Cold War order...It assumed the existence of an international community, united behind supposedly universal Western values and interests, that could agree on who the renegades were and how to deal with them.

...By the late 1990s this community was already dissolving, with the rise of China, with the revival of Russia, and the emergence of India, Brazil and Turkey as real powers, all with their own interests and values. Today it`s clear that the `international community` defined by Western values is a fiction, and that for many states the term `rouge` might just as well apply to the United States as to the renegades it seeks to isolate.

...Today countries large and small, well behaved or not, are looking for partners not patrons. Where Washington looks to punish rouges, seeking immediate changes in behavior, rival powers are stepping in with investment and defense contracts, and offering a relationship based on dignity and respect. This is the story of China in Burma, Russia in Iran, Brazil in Cuba, and so on down the line. And given that the core institutions of global governance - the UN Security Council, the World Bank and the IMF - are unwilling to grant the new powers a seat in the decision-making table, it is not surprising that they feel no obligation to back sanctions they`ve had no say in formulating...

How effective have been the so called "core institutions of global governance" in maintaining world order?


Mousavizadeh, Nader (2009), End of the Rouge - The world that created `Rouge States` is gone, and the sooner Washington realizes it, the better (Newsweek, 8 Feb., 2010) http://www.newsweek.com/id/232796
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