Multilateral Paralysis: Instruments of Mutual Neutralization

Just after posting this item on the implications of this year’s UNSC configuration, I read Michel Real’s contribution to the IFRI yearbook, “La Fin du Monde Unique.” Real’s article examines the way in which Russia and China have used the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to arrive at a modus vivendi in Central Asia, and what leaped out at me was his reference to the SCO as an “instrument of mutual neutralization.” That’s what I was driving at with the previous post, when I referred to both the absence of a unifying South-South agenda, and the possibility that a reactive anti-Westernism might […]

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