Multipolar world far off as economic power still gives West clout

By Farman Nawaz Source:Global Times Published: 2014-4-1 21:03:01

The way the US and the EU stood against Russia over the Ukrainian issue implies that the concept of multipolar world and the efforts to create multipolar world are still no more than just hallucinations.

When the US was interfering in Libya, the Western world did not bother to stand against the US. Not a single country dared to start a movement against the US in an international platform.

The reason is that most of the emerging economies and the Western world are too dependent on the US in way or the other. Most of the countries export their products to the US, and therefore the economic compulsions twist their arms to refrain from any real striving against the US.

The Western world spares no chance to take political and economic advantage of the conflicts among other countries, especially in Asia and Africa continents. But so far the countries struggling for a multipolar world could not find any conflicting issue in the Western world to exploit and nor can they practically find a point for unity for the cause of multipolar world.

And still, there is no chance of any split in the leading Western nations, and this is the main hurdle in the creation of a multipolar world.

Fear of a multipolar world has kept the Western world united. Conversely, not only the conflicts among the developing and underdeveloped countries are keeping them apart, but their agreements with the Western world are also keeping them indifferent to the regional issues.

It is very difficult to liberate the rest of the world from the economic dependence on the Western world. Even the regional powers hesitate to raise their voices actively, as the dwindling stances of the weaker nations may isolate the regional powers.

The vicious circle of dependence of weaker nations and emerging powers on the Western world is the main obstacle in adopting a uniform stance on regional issues.

What the regional powers could do is to bring the issues to the platform of the UN, but that too is not a successful mechanism as the Western world knows how to exploit their position on the international platforms. The stance of the G7 against Russia demonstrates this well.

The individual efforts of the countries to have a dialogue over issues with the Western powers are in no way a phenomenon that can lead toward a multipolar world.

In the past, such efforts could not lead success either. On December 19, 2003, then Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi stunned much of the world by renouncing Tripoli’s weapons of mass destruction programs and welcoming international inspectors to verify that Tripoli would follow through on its commitment, but that too did not save him of the terrible fate.

Individual stances, hostile attitudes and indifference cannot lead to unity against the unipolar world. The only solution is effective and active regional organizations that can provide shelter to the weaker nations.

The main problem of the weaker nations is financial. Financial problems are forcing weaker nations to bow before the Western world and to work against regional interests.

So far the regional organizations could not solve the financial issues of the regional countries.

Even the stances of its members nations are either different from one another on international platforms or could not help each other boldly on issues of their regional interests.

Solid regional financial cooperation institutions that can truly bridge regional communication and boost unity are in urgent need.

The author is a Pakistani columnist and runs a weekly Urdu newspaper in Pakistan.

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