The rise of emerging economies worldwide has generated much optimism, in terms not only of economic development, but also of global cooperation. But the shift to a multipolar world order has not bolstered multilateralism.
The resolution recently adopted by the UN Security Council on Syria’s chemical weapons has been hailed worldwide as a major breakthrough of international diplomacy, especially at the UN Security Council level.
Americans’ anger following the attacks drove them to support policies that they once would have considered inconceivable. In the name of the “global war on terror,” they have tolerated torture; accepted – and even endorsed – the illegal invasion of Iraq; and allowed innocent civilians to become collateral damage of mechanical drone strikes.
As the imminent threat of a U.S. strike has been averted, and the West Asia-North Africa region breathes a collective sigh of relief, we must ask how such a crisis nearly came to pass.