Opinion (Charles Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs, Georgetown University): “The distribution of global power is fast changing. That much is certain. China and other developing nations are quickly ascending the pecking order. Meanwhile, the three pillars of the Western world – the United States, Europe, and Japan – are beset by a prolonged economic downturn and disaffected electorates.
“The absence of consensus over which a country will oversee the coming world is just as it should be. That’s because the twenty-first century will not be dominated by any country. The United States will do just fine, but the era of Western primacy is coming to an end. Meanwhile, none of the world’s rising nations will have the combination of material and ideological strength needed to exercise global hegemony. Although ascending nations have forged a new grouping – the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) – to coordinate their policies and aggregate their muscle, they do not share a coherent vision of what comes next. They know what they do not want: the continuation of a world dominated by the West. But they are very unlikely to arrive at a common view of what they want instead. This century will not belong to the United States, China, India, Brazil, or anyone else; it will be no one’s world.”
My Comment: The world will change, not according to the rules of international relations, but in accordance with the change in people. It will “fall apart” in order to be “assembled” in a completely new world order that will be dominated by one force only: the force of mutual bestowal, guarantee, and love.