Mapping the Emergent Geopolitical Faultlines

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As the dynamics and power balances of global politics have changed profoundly, responses to altering realities have also varied across the globe. Some countries have felt extremely confident about the emergent century and have taken bold actions in order to help midwife friendly environments at home and abroad. Others however, have felt extremely fearful and anxious about the coming era, doubling down their efforts to preserve their existing privileges and prerogatives. A third group of countries is located outside these two polar extremes, having felt uncertain about their future, lacking the agency to be the masters of their destiny. This short essay is a modest attempt at mapping the complicated nature of evolving global geopolitics.

 

The ones who are optimist about their future are mainly found in East and South East Asia. Led by the meteoric growth of China and India, many Asian countries are now on a positive trajectory concerning their journey to development and modernity. Feeling aghast at the existing international institutions of global governance, many of which came into existence in the early postwar era with a view to strengthening the primacy of liberal-capitalist countries, the rising powers of Asia, notably China, have been lately trying to help establish their alternative global institutions. The Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank, the New Development Bank, the Sold Road Initiatives, can all be seen from this perspective. If not given a fair presence in the existing institutional platforms in such a way to reflect their increasing material capabilities, they would likely seek after their own alternative platforms.

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