Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The New East-West Divide
The winners? Russia and China. As this analysis concludes, "The Russian and Chinese mantra about protecting national sovereignty in the face of encroaching international organizations and the United States carries much weight around the world ..."
Don't you worry that this divide is - and you mention this briefly in the next post - increasingly separating the pragmatists and the idealists?...
...and that WE are fast becoming the latter?
"The Russian and Chinese mantra about protecting national sovereignty in the face of encroaching international organizations and the United States carries much weight around the world, especially among countries with a democracy deficit."
I don't see a net loss to the EU or the US if countries with a "democracy deficit" have shifted from voting with the West to voting with Russia and China at the UN on human rights. These shifting countries are now voting in a way that is more consistent with their domestic behavior.
The question is whether the EU as well as the US are losing ground as development models to the rest of the world. The recent union of South America and the struggling but continuing African Union suggest that the European model may still have a future. The question is whether continental unions will be any more hospitable to human rights than individual nations are today.
It is basically an ad hoc alliance.
Everyone does it and that should actually be the rule.
However, for the world's superpower, that spends the time preaching about international law, rule of law, and due process; to completely alienate allies and the international institutions IT CREATED, might be slightly counter-productive...