Preparing for a New World Order


Fighting a war on two fronts and struggling to get through the worst financial crisis since the 1930’s, the United States will not be able to maintain its position as the ultimate superpower for very long (most of us will agree on this). It has for a long time been noted that the world is changing and in some ways power has already shifted from the United States. But if the U.S. will cease its leadership in the global community who will then take its place and what will this mean to the world?

Well, there are several countries seeking the nomination (China and India being the top two) and it is most likely that they will end up squabbling over the lead title. Presuming no disasters inflicts upon these countries, the days of a single superpower will end with the U.S. and instead we will see more nations included in the influencing sector of the world.

What this means is not only that the structure of the leading bodies of the world today, such as the WTO, the IMF and the G8, will have to change and adapt to include the demands of developing countries (which I, among many others, would welcome with open arms as it is long overdue). But it might also take a turn for satellites_wideweb__470x3310the worse and be the end of the crucial, so called, “western values” of democracy and human rights. 

This would be more alarming if China is to be the nation that takes on the bigger role in the global community. With their record of human rights violations, their dictatorial regime and their criticism against “western values” there is reason to worry (especially now when they are portraying the U.S. as an example of failing western standards).

Having said that, however, a more powerful China does not necessarily have to be a bad thing. As a follow up on my last post the U.S. can still do a great deal to affect the future of our world. Convincing China that some “western values” are essential for the well being of the international community might be their last chance to change the future and should be on top (next to solving the financial crisis) of the president-elect’s agenda.

The first and most obvious move the U.S. will have to make is to follow these values themselves. By closing Guantanamo Bay, ending torture and showing a greater respect for human rights the U.S. double standard will be demolished and actual influence on China might be possible.

A second, trickier, move for President Barack Obama will be to restore the United States relationship with China. As it is right now, the two countries are competing in most areas, fighting over vital issues such as us20and20china20flagsnuclear weapons, human rights and global trade policy. Their tense relation, along with the rising problems within the U.S. has not only diminished U.S. influence on China but severely damaged the credibility of our “western ways”.

This does not, however, mean that the U.S. should break its stand against the Republic of China, nor does it mean that they should make dubious compromises just to reach an agreement on issues (this would be incredibly naive and the U.S. would likely end up digging its own grave, neglecting the very standards we want to uphold). Instead Mr. Obama should seek an approach more common to him, and quite different to the strategies of the Bush administration.

By including China and other developing nations in organizations like the G8, the U.S. will be seen as more open and inclusive. Furthermore the future president will be able to actually hear the leaders of these countries out (something Bush failed to do). Taking into account their worries and demands when considering hard decisions, Mr Obama will not only be seen as a better leader but might come to better conclusions and ultimately make better decisions.

Nevertheless, the criticism and objections against China have to continue. We can not allow a nation, which might become the next leading superpower, to neglect the policies that are keeping our world together. Indeed, we would see horrific days if the Chinese leaders were to apply their view of human rights (or democracy for that matter) across all nations.


– Kajsa, Administrator Future for America


~ by politicsoftomorrow on November 26, 2008.

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