West ‘Can’t Afford to Stumble Into Military Conflict’ Between US, Russia, China
- West ‘Can’t Afford to Stumble Into Military Conflict’ Between US, Russia, China
The US leadership needs to reconsider its relations with geopolitical competitors, China and Russia, putting “great power relations” before hegemonic ambitions. Whether one likes it or not, the US unipolar era has come to an end opening the door to a “world of great power balance,” former British intelligence chief noted.
While US hawks are propagating a more assertive posture toward China and Russia, Sir Robert John Sawers, the former head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, is warning Washington against aggravating tensions with Moscow, Beijing.
“The first foreign policy priority of the next American president will be to work out how to avoid direct conflict with China or Russia. Both countries, in different ways, now challenge US dominance. War between the great powers is once again a possibility. For better or worse, we are returning to a world of great power balance,” Sawers emphasized in his op-ed for The Financial Times.
The former intelligence chief pointed out that the US’ unipolar dominance lasted less than 25 years and has eventually come to an end, eroded by wars and the financial crisis of 2008.
Although the United States still remains by far the most powerful country in the world, “it no longer has global hegemony,” Sawers stressed. He remarked, in addition, that the West’s economic dominance has also declined sharply in recent years: the G7 developed economies now contribute only 47 percent of global gross domestic product and things are not getting any better.
To complicate matters even further, the Western democratic model has seemingly lost its former appeal, he underscored. In light of this “an approach is needed that puts global stability first,” the former intelligence chief believes.