This form of ‘diplomacy’ is seen currently on the international stage, used by the United States in different settings and against different international actors, but with the same goal in mind – the obstruction of the opponent by operations through the information realm that are intended to affect the cognitive realm of the various stakeholders and engineering their consent to a course of action that favours US interests and objectives. In each case, the US and its allies seek to project themselves as honest brokers
in international relations, and not the powerful brokers
that they are attempting. There is a tendency for the US to bundle different geopolitical and geo-economic issues together in order to enforce or coerce the other side into an unfavourable and deeply asymmetric transactional form of ‘negotiation.’
There are some similarities of approach in the diplomatic communication of the US’s obstructive foreign policy, whether this concerns the recent renegotiations of the JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal) with Iran or the trade wars with China or the Ukraine ‘crisis’ with Russia. These separate events can be perceived as brought together under the umbrella brand of international geopolitics, the New Cold War
, an attempt to shape the cognitive realm of target audiences to accept a simplistic and binary geopolitical depiction of international affairs based deceptively on the association of the good West versus evil East narrative of the old Cold War era. The script being the ‘diplomatic’ efforts of the US-led West to uphold the norms and values of peace and stability or liberal democracy against those classified as ‘rogue’ or ‘revanchist authoritarian’ powers that seek to undermine it (and US global hegemony). This is clearly visualised in the rhetoric employed by Western politicians, diplomats and their dutiful liberal mainstream media.
The parallels between the echo chamber of calls concerned an “imminent” Chinese attack
on Taiwan or an equally “imminent” Russian attack
on Ukraine, but the strategy and intended results are designed for the same effects.