Inarguably, Covid-19 is the most momentous crisis that has afflicted the globe — striking at the very roots of globalization which, despite hiccups in recent years, had generally been the constant refrain of most nations of the world since the end of the Cold War. The League of Nations, which came into being after World War I, had failed to produce remarkable results towards collective security and disarmament. However, UN appeared to be doing a shade better although, with no disciplinary powers, it lacked the competence to whip errant nations into line, this impotence being exacerbated by the brazen and often unethical and immoral use of veto powers. However, it still commanded respect and benefitted from voluntary contributions in terms of men, money and material from member nations as well as donations from private entities.
The world after Corona (Covid-19) will not be the same. Its shape and configuration are bound to change fundamentally. World economy and its agencies are also going to be altered. The fundamental rubric of nation-states through which world politics move, will also have to readjust with new realities and symmetries.[Read More…]
The last few years have witnessed a change in America’s status as the global leader, which it enjoyed since 1991 with the down fall of the Soviet regime. It is now challenged by new bi-lateral or multi-lateral alliances with common interests. Some strategists tend to dismiss such alliances as marriages[Read More…]