Global Leadership is Missing in Action

As the order in the world is shaking due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, more underlying conflicts are beginning to emerge among the most powerful leaders of the world. Since the foundation of the UN, the coalition has gone through many trials, yet was able to preserve peace and prosperity for 75 years. It could be argued that it prevented the outbreak of World War Three. Within the UN, its secretary-general Antonio Guterres thinks there is an ongoing move from a bipolar situation with regards to international power to a multipolar one. However, the secretary-general observes that currently, ‘it is not yet multipolar, but chaotic’.

This article provides an excellent description of the current events in the UN and provides insight into the historical mechanisms, which moulded one of the biggest international organisations. From its beginning, which is firmly planted in the second world war, and through its most infamous failures and crises, the writer for the Economist is able to unravel the massive shift from globalisation to a newly ablaze nationalism. The main questions will come down to the relationship between the hegemon in retreat, the USA, and the aspiring competitor: China. Regardless of the field, power, for better or for worse, belongs to these two.

As complex as these international issues may seem, having an article which provides a macro perspective can help us to rethink our political positions and urges us to shape new ways of meeting each other in a world that seems chaotic to everyone.

Read the Full Story on The Economist

Original Language: English 
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