Is the US declining as a hegemon, and will the Russian-Ukrainian war lead
the world to a new world order?

Question: 

“Is the US declining as a hegemon, and will the Russian-Ukrainian war lead the world to a new world order?” 

 

Prof. Shahab Enam Khan:

“It is not about declining hegemons; rather, it is having multiple hegemons at the moment. So this is the reason the world has become once again multipolar. 

So in that multipolarity, obviously, the anarchy will continue to remain because the anarchic nature of realism is still returning what we call anarchy. It’s another fancy name for real politics. And in that case, obviously, this particular invasion is not war. 

Make it clear that the Russian invasion is going to really determine the new world order that has already been in place, and regarding the Biden administration’s tilting towards South Asia, the Biden administration is not tilting towards South Asia. 

They are now aligning with South Asia and Southeast Asia through an Indo-Pacific strategy, for sure. Because this is the reason why you have to read the new Indo-Pacific strategy that was released by the White House in February 2022. 

So obviously, the Middle East remains a critical power for them, but on the other hand, China, South Asia, and Southeast Asia are equally critical for them. 

So I think the question is not about prioritizing; rather, it is equally important for the Americans at the moment to look into the Indo-Pacific as a source of their power game with China and others.” 

Questioner: “Thank you”.

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