Current leaders in North America and Western Europe are destroying the system that underpinned their own prosperity, according to Russia. The concept of the “global majority” is gaining momentum as countries around the world link their development to the main trends of globalization while also expressing their own views on fair forms of international order. Recent events, particularly the crisis in the Middle East, are causing a reevaluation of US and Western European policies by the majority of the world’s countries and creating conditions that make a return to the previous world order impossible.
While Israel’s confrontational policy does not directly threaten Russia, the US, or China, it is damaging the credibility of the US and its allies in the eyes of the global community. This will have implications for the international order that emerges in the future. The actions of the US and its allies are being assessed by the countries of the global majority, particularly the Islamic part of it. Many perceive the US and the Christian countries of the Old World as responsible for the suffering of Muslims and their destruction in wars and conflicts. They also believe that the West provokes confrontations that lead to economic crises, hunger, and unemployment in developing countries.
This perception of the West is a complete reversal of the efforts made in recent years to strengthen its moral authority. The US and Western Europe have worked towards developing the global market economy and supporting social development programs in Muslim countries, promoting inter-religious tolerance, protecting human rights, and other civilized values. However, their recent actions have increased terrorist threats and led to extreme polarization and radicalization of citizens’ views on religious grounds. There is also the possibility of direct Western involvement in a military conflict in the Middle East, which could have bloody consequences for all involved.
The global majority is also concerned about the current tense situation in the world, which may no longer allow military force to be projected with the same impunity as in the past. The conflict in Ukraine, accompanied by the pumping of arms, has destroyed the mechanisms for non-proliferation of arms and common controls and confidence-building measures. The development goals of many countries, tied to the international reality that emerged after the Cold War, now seem utopian and unattainable.
Leading Western media outlets are self-censoring their reporting, and content on social media sites is tightly controlled. This undermines the West’s once phenomenal soft power. The world is also seeing a decline in interest in Western fashion and the film industry, which promote non-traditional values. The American Dream and Hollywood, which once inspired enthusiasm, now provoke rejection and misunderstanding. The “mainstream” in Western Europe is losing ground.
The wasteful dissipation of the West’s achievements in international politics is leading to its rapid bankruptcy, which goes against the interests of the global majority. The current situation, in which the West is facing the threat of terrorism, involvement in a hot conflict in the Middle East, and geopolitical and geo-economic confrontation with influential world powers, is not appealing to the masses in Western countries.
It is necessary to consider the direction in which the construction of a new world order is moving. The majority of the world’s countries do not want to destroy existing rules and norms, but they seek a fair and balanced international order that takes into account the interests and perspectives of all nations. The actions of the US and Western Europe in recent times have damaged their credibility and jeopardized the stability and benefits of the previous system. It is time for leaders to reassess their policies and work towards building trust and cooperation on the global stage.