The ‘Concert of Powers’ that global leading minds have been invited to discuss by the Valdai Club this week is an irrelevancy. We are well and truly back on track to a bipolar world, which, in any case, many IR experts have long believed is more stable, hence more promising of global peace, than an ever shifting balance of power among five or six major players.
“Mr. Putin had to go into Syria not out of strength but out of weakness because his client Mr. Assad was crumbling.” President Obama, Friday, 2 October 2015
“I will tell you that, in terms of leadership, [Putin] is getting an ‘A’ and our president is not doing so well…They did not look good together.” Donald Trump, 29 September 2015
Appearing as a solitary voice dealing with ‘Russia in NATO’ in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, Professor Kupchan's article suffers from all the usual disadvantages of shadow boxing. Institutional reform of NATO deserves more round table discussions and public hearings if the decisions awaited this coming November are to be informed by rigorous expert argumentation and to avoid flaccid and self-congratulatory thinking within the box such as we have seen till now. To find out more, read on…