For decades, the United States has been “a shining city upon a hill” that led and shaped international – unipolar order, peerless in its influence over the rest of the globe. But power constellations across the globe are shifting and the world order we know is struggling to endure these shifts. Rise of the new global and medium powers that deny important aspects of the world order, as well as the surge of many non-state actors, sub and supranational entities increasingly challenge the order and existing power constellation creating a space for alliances which otherwise would be unlikely to happen. With “America First” policy of President Trump and growing skepticism toward some of the major international topics, such as global trade and climate changes, the World’s only superpower is turning inward, leaving an opening for other global and medium powers -Russia, China, Turkey- to seize the larger power slices and play more prominent role on global chessboard, shaping the order by its own measure and size. Russia and China are steadily forming closer economic and strategic relations and together with Turkey starting to align on some of the pressing international issues, exercising stronger influence across different regions and countries. Is the “great new partnership” among the three looming behind the corner and can it usurp the global power constellations? Is China really seeking to overthrow the United States’ position as the leader of a global order and what about Russia? Has any power for that matter, let alone a superpower, given up its number one easily?
MODERATOR: Bobo LO, Independent Analyst and Associate Research Fellow at Russia/NIS Center, IFRI, UK
Theresa FALLON, Founder and Director, Centre for Russia Europe Asia Studies, Belgium
Pinar AKPINAR, Scholar, Conflict Resolution and Mediation Stream, Istanbul Policy Center, Turkey
Vadym CHERNYSH, Minister, Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, Ukraine Bobo LO, Independent Analyst and Associate Research Fellow at Russia/NIS Center, IFRI, UK
Paul BOLT, Professor of Political Science, US Air Force Academy, USA