After World War II, the victorious West led creation of a liberal world order. But, little of the world was present at the creation.
Now, the world has changed. The founding nations have in many ways failed the world order and themselves.
The rising BRICS question the West’s governance of the world order. And they may be ready to exercise responsibility in that governance.
At the recent meeting of heads of state at Sanya, Hainan Island, PRC, the BRICS–Brazil, Russia, China, and India, plus the Union of South Africa–issued a joint communique that calls for an inclusive, accountable world order–not a new world order but the old world order reformed and managed in accordance with its founding principles.
It is too soon to tell whether or not the BRICS will be become a force in shaping and leading the world order.
But, that they considering these roles is important in itself. We should be aware of, and a part of efforts to salvage the liberal world order we helped create, mindful that most of the world’s wealth, economic growth and political authority already lies outside the shrinking West.
I recently addressed these issues in a speech at the ‘BRICS in 2020 Conference’ at the University of Chicago that can found here.
I look forward to your thoughts and opinions.
(read the full speech, BRICS and World Order, below)