We’re longtime fans here at Washington Babylon of Vijay Prashad, the radical scholar and activist who has recently departed American academia for Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, a new “international, movement-driven institution focused on stimulating intellectual debate that serves people’s aspirations.” Now living in India, he recently gave this interview to NewsClick. In it he describes Trump’s foreign policies, which are often seen as the president blundering from one diplomatic foul-up to another.
The conversation is wide-ranging and covers everything from Iran and North Korea to China’s and Russia’s role as power players in the Eurasian landmass.
The overall theme of the conversation is the newly-emerging multi-polar landscape that is developing in global politics. This framework is radically at odds with what has been an American-defined vision of human affairs since World War II.
In a bare-bones sense, it means that the world will be sub-divided into regional spheres of influence. The more powerful nation-states would play a much more substantial role in their region as American power recedes. In this scenario, countries in a given region would work together to develop a system of sustainable governance that could promote peaceful coexistence between neighbors.
Is such a goal extremely idealistic? There’s obviously plenty of room for foul-ups. Would this lead to total peace on earth? No, there would still be feuds stemming from any number of reasons, including nationality, wealth, religion and gender.
Whatever the out come, though, it seems that America’s global position as the uni-polar world leader is quickly diminishing.