A Future Multipolar World

The contemporary geopolitical world is unipolar, with the US (aided by its Western allies) attempting to impose a specific ideological polity on the rest of the world. The analysis developed in this paper is that such an absolutist political approach is dangerous to the peaceful stability of the world order and fails to appreciate the dynamic, interleaved layering across economic, trade, monetary, security, and politico-cultural functionality. These interactions are structuring the establishment of a limited number of supra-regions, interacting functionally, within and across the wide geographical areas concerned. This strengthening tendency should be seen as a positive evolutionary strategy that may lead to a multipolar world order that can be effective in achieving a constructive and consensual approach to the peaceful resolution of global conflicts, while allowing essential politico-cultural diversity. This approach and its implications for UN reform are explored.


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