In a recent op-ed for the Daily Telegraph, Sir Christopher Meyer, former UK Ambassador to the US (1997-2003) and Germany (1997), argues that the post-1945 international order is rapidly falling apart.
The UN has proved ineffective in Syria and against Isis; European unity is disintegrating into ugly nationalism in the face of the Greek sovereign debt and refugee crises; and the IMF and WTO are becoming less relevant with the rise of competing bodies such as China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
All in all, things are starting to look a little Hobbesian on the international stage, and this should make us all very worried. How do we restore stability? Crucially, the West needs to accept that the global power axis has shifted. It cannot keep acting as the arbiter of international affairs as if it were still 1946. Emerging powers, such as China, India and Brazil need to be given more of a stake in international institutions.
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