On April 20 at 11:00 am Moscow time, the Valdai Club hosted an expert discussion, titled “A New Framework for International Relations: The End of US Hegemony?”
The Ukrainian crisis has become an important impetus for accelerating the movement of the international system towards polycentricity. The eastward shift in the worlds economic centre of gravity has been accompanied by the growth of the political and military potential of the centres of power in Eurasia, principally Russia, China and India.
The US hopes to maintain its global dominance by coercing allies and intimidating rivals. However, the downside of such a policy is the desire of other centres of power to protect themselves from the influence of the United States and its allies, to build alternative systems of relations.
During the discussion, leading Russian, Chinese and Indian experts discussed the process of forming a new polycentric international system and the opportunities it provides to its participants.
How should Russia, China and India react to US movess to maintain global hegemony by force? What opportunities does the current crisis create for building a global polycentric order, and what challenges does it contain? How do experts from Russia, China and India view the key political and economic trends of the 21st century? Participants of the expert discussion answered these and other questions.
- Alexey Kupriyanov, Head of the Group of South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies, IMEMO RAS
- Ivan Zuenko, Research Fellow, Institute for International Studies, MGIMO, Russian Foreign Ministry
- Sanjaya Baru, Distinguished Fellow, United Service Institution of India
- Andrey Sushentsov, Programme Director of the Valdai Discussion Club, Dean of the Faculty of International Relations, MGIMO, Russian Foreign Ministry.