Discussion Topic: Global World Order Post COVID-19 : Rajya Sabha TV Big Picture Debate
Expert Panel Name :
- Patrick Gerard Buchan, Director, Center for Strategic and International Studies
- Vivek Katju, Former Ambassador
- Harsh V. Pant, Head, Strategic Studies, Observer Research Foundation
Anchor- Frank Rausan Pereira
The Global World Order Order Post COVID-19
Global order refers to the constellations of the power hierarchy amongst various nation-states at a marked point in time and space. That is to say, that global order is contextual and it is filtered by where one stands.It is however an oxymoron, since the international political scene is often characterized as disorderly and anarchic due to the lack of a world government.
However, it would be inappropriate to say that there is no pattern to politics. Global order, then becomes that pattern that punctuates the messy terrain of international politics.
Ever since the fall of Soviet-Union, the conventional wisdom proclaims that the global order has been unipolar – with the US as the world’s only superpower. For the past 30 years, the world has been living under the US hegemony
The pandemic has also highlighted what for long has been the argument of the non-western scholars of foreign policy. The world cannot be mapped into neat categories of developed, developing and underdeveloped. There are pockets of the developed world in the developing and the underdeveloped and vice-versa.
The sheer (mis)management of the pandemic in the United States is a glaring example of this entanglement of the developed and the developing/underdeveloped. The world’s richest and the most powerful country has failed in providing security to its citizens. It has recorded the most number of cases and deaths up till now.
This leads to the final aspect of this new world order that the pandemic has revealed. The sources and agents of insecurities are not located in missiles and defence capabilities of rival states but in issues of health and livelihood or lack thereof.