Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Not One Bloc or the Other: Ukraine War Shows Emerging Post-American World

By The Intercept

Despite being browbeaten by the U.S., a growing number of Asian, African, and Latin American countries are charting a neutral path.

IN THE LATE 1990S, at a time when U.S. global dominance still looked invincible, Singaporean diplomat and academic Kishore Mahbubani raised questions about whether a rising Asia might thwart American hegemony in the near future.

The crux of Mahbubani’s argument — laid out in his provocatively titled 1998 book, “Can Asians Think?” — was that Western elites, then flush with their victory in the Cold War, had become overly comfortable with dictating the bounds of legitimate debate and sound policy to the rest of the world. That imperious relationship, which had existed since the colonial period, was about to come to an end, said Mahbubani. Asians and other non-Westerners had their own ideas about how the world should be run and would soon have the strength to implement them.


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