Striking the right balance of power.
Irrespective of irrespective of
Without consideration of; regardless of.
preposition despite the economic crisis facing the US, the fact remains that the country is the strongest military and economic power in the world due to its technological knowledge and superiority in other sectors.
Ever since 9/11, America has followed a new strategy worked out by a group of scholars at the Rand Institute. It was presented to the Pentagon and the recommendations are as follows:
- US considers itself as the world policeman, giving itself the right to punish any contender.
- As the "policy of deterrence" followed during the Cold War had come to an end, the policy presently followed stipulates that any country that poses a threat to the American national security must be beaten.
- On the basis of "fighting international terrorism Noun 1. international terrorism - terrorism practiced in a foreign country by terrorists who are not native to that country
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain ", the principle of sovereignty of other countries can be violated.
- Respect of international treaties and agreements becomes selective.
- The US alone has the sole right of taking action against terrorist threats with no limits whatsoever.
However, until when can the US carry on with this policy? Some scholars believe that this unipolarity is bound to be short and temporary. Others believe that the US wields enough power to impose its hegemony over the world for decades to come. A third party believes that the world of a sole superior power may not last.
Russia has already regained its power and is making a comeback to the world arena. China will have, in the next two decades, a strong and highly developed economy, together with a well-settled political authority that could encourage it to look after its regional and international interests.
Indeed, the US forces the world to choose between one of the two options - a world order under its hegemony or chaos.
This dilemma is the the subject matter of Zbigniew Brzezinski's book, The Choice, Global Domination Global Domination may refer to
Therefore, in order to avoid this disaster, Brzezinski thinks that "a gradual and controlled devolution of power could lead to an increasingly formalised Adj. 1. formalised - concerned with or characterized by rigorous adherence to recognized forms (especially in religion or art); "highly formalized plays like `Waiting for Godot'"
formalistic, formalized global community of shared interest."
The "principal challenge to American power," he emphasises, "can come only from within - either from the repudiation of power by the American democracy itself, or from American global misuse of power."
Brzezinski, thus, calls upon the American political leadership to follow a long-term strategy that "will mobilise world support, rather than alienate it".
In 2004, President George W. Bush violated the agreement that his father, George Bush, had signed with the then Russian president Boris Yeltsin “Yeltsin” redirects here. For other uses, see Yeltsin (disambiguation).
Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin (IPA: [bʌˈrʲis nʲikoˈlajevɨtɕ ˈjelʲtsɨn] . In that agreement, Bush Sr. stated that the Nato membership would stop at the East European countries that were annexed to the Soviet Union after the First World War, namely Hungary, Czech Republic Czech Republic, Czech Česká Republika (2005 est. pop. 10,241,000), republic, 29,677 sq mi (78,864 sq km), central Europe. It is bordered by Slovakia on the east, Austria on the south, Germany on the west, and Poland on the north. and Poland.
Yet, Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia were given Nato membership, while Georgia and Ukraine received generous American promises for future admission. In this context, the US thought that it had succeeded in surreptitiously sur·rep·ti·tious
1. Obtained, done, or made by clandestine or stealthy means.
2. Acting with or marked by stealth. See Synonyms at secret. sneaking into countries, which, in the past, had been part of the Soviet Union.
The recent events in Georgia, however, have proved otherwise. The Russian military intervention The deliberate act of a nation or a group of nations to introduce its military forces into the course of an existing controversy. is seen as a sign of the end of the American hegemony over the world as well as an indication of a gradual, albeit complicated, process that is prone to bring back the"balance to the world order".
It may not necessarily take the shape of a cold war; it is more likely a kind of "modernisation of balance". This, however, may not mean that Washington will resort to a policy of isolationism isolationism
National policy of avoiding political or economic entanglements with other countries. Isolationism has been a recurrent theme in U.S. history. It was given expression in the Farewell Address of Pres. . It is rather expected to immediately reorganise its forces and allies to check Russia's gains, particularly in Europe and the Middle East.
What has enraged en·rage
tr.v. en·raged, en·rag·ing, en·rag·es
To put into a rage; infuriate.
[Middle English *enragen, from Old French enrager : en-, causative pref. the US Administration, and has forced the European Union European Union (EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the
European Community to take a different stance than that of the US, is the old classical Russian response: Resorting to military power against Georgia. Although the EU believes that a military encounter between Russia and the West is a far possibility, the increasing number of American warships in the Black Sea, keeps the remote possibility of an encounter in mind.
The Europeans intend to find a way out of this crisis through negotiations, away from the war machine, which may be still kept around as a means of pressure. That is why the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy have agreed on withdrawal of Russian forces within a month from the whole Georgian territory, with the exception of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. This entails European guarantees offered to Moscow together with the deployment of 200 European inspectors in Georgia.
On October 15, it has been agreed, "international security negotiations" will be held in Geneva Geneva, canton and city, Switzerland
Geneva (jənē`və), Fr. Genève, canton (1990 pop. 373,019), 109 sq mi (282 sq km), SW Switzerland, surrounding the southwest tip of the Lake of Geneva. . The question remains, will the last agreement hold and will the October negotiation succeed?
Professor As'ad Abdul Rahman is the Chairman of the Palestinian Encyclopedia.
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