Russian Aggression Is Laying Bare A New World Order

In essentially annexing Crimea, Russia and Vladimir Putin is redefining the global political order, says David Francis of The Fiscal Times.

Temuri Yakobashvili, Georgia’s former ambassador to the United States, tells Francis that “the Cold War order is over. A number of international organizations have become obsolete.”

Francis writes that the “ineffectiveness of these institutions has been on full display in recent weeks.” In particular, he argues, NATAO has been incapable of formulating a coordinated response as Russia has sent “a clear and aggressive signal” to the nations of the former Soviet Union.

Adelina Marini of Inside the EU echoes talk of a new world order.

“There is no doubt that after the referendum in Crimea and its annexation by Russia we are awaiting the dawn of a new world order. An order where not all countries abide to international treaties, laws and order, where there is a new wave of authoritarianism in strategic countries. Is the European Union prepared for such a world order? Not in the least – neither legally nor mentally. In the course of almost 10 years the Union was working on drafting a new treaty that was supposed to respond to the new global challenges (the fall of the Berlin wall, globalisation) and most of all its enlargement,” he writes.

Almost 10 years after Lithuania and Latvia joined NATO, they are now expressing their concerns to the US about potential aggressive action by Russia.

They are not alone. Other states in the region are nervous about the potential actions of Russia.

‘The punishment doesn’t fit the crime, and the Baltic states and central European states know this. They’re worried that the US response has been mediocre at best, and there’s a palpable sense they need reassurance,” Michael Geary, a European relations analyst at the Wilson Center, a Washington think tank, tells the Associated Press.

What may be needed to combat reinvigorate the democratic movement in Europe is a more robust role of civil society.

Hasmik Grigoryan of the think tank Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation writes that civil society is key to democratic development.

“Obviously, the conditions that are favorable for development of civil society are democracies or regimes that strive to be democratic and have the goal to become such. In authoritarian or totalitarian regimes, development of civil societies is greatly hindered, or new civil bodies are simply banned from functioning. Conversely, we think that it is also the role of the civil society that leads to the breakdown of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes,” she writes.


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