The Global Order’s Crisis of Legitimacy Predates the War in Ukraine

United Nations members vote on a resolution concerning the Russian invasion of Ukraine during an emergency meeting of the General Assembly.
United Nations members vote on a resolution concerning the Russian invasion of Ukraine during an emergency meeting of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters, March 2, 2022 (AP photo by Seth Wenig).

It is tempting to think that the liberal international order might have stood a better chance absent Russian revanchism and Chinese ambition. But to do so ignores the degree to which the globalization narrative disregarded globalization’s real impact on local communities. If the war in Ukraine represents a meaningful change, it is about reasserting the centrality of the state in globalization’s violent practices.

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