In a changing world order, international relations will be more issue-based than bloc-based

In a multipolar world, the relationships will be defined by the requirements in each separate space like security, economy, etc rather than gravitating wholesome to defined blocs.

G20 leaders’ summit in New Delhi (Photo: Twitter)

In a multipolar, multi-discipline, multisource, and multi-requirement world, torque will play a predominant role in stability in international relations more than the centre of gravity. 

The world has come to be defined as a global village. A village being the smallest social community living space, the world view of the day is significant in defining the close interactions in international relations at all levels. With such close cohabitation, interdependency cannot be homogenous across the spectrum and will be defined by specific requirements of nations leading to multipolarity.

World is One Family

"Vasudeva Kudumbakam" is a Sanskrit phrase found in Indian texts such as the Upanishads, of the Vedic era, which means "The World Is One Family". The idea of the phrase remains relevant today as it emphasizes a global perspective, prioritizing collective well-being over individual or family interests. It encourages thinking about the welfare of others, fostering global solidarity. This ancient Indian concept is all the more relevant today when the world, in addition to the usual issues, is grappling to address crucial issues like climate change, sustainable development, and tolerance of diversity.

Global communications

Global communication such as satellites and the internet are redefining power in world politics in ways that traditional theories of international relations have not yet seriously considered. The most telling effect is the increased forced transparency in interactions between Nations. Information technologies since decades and Artificial Intelligence presently, have profoundly transformed the nature of military power because of emerging weapons systems dependent on laser and information processing.

Then there are the satellites. The worries expressed by the West, on the recent launching of spy satellites by North Korea, is an example of how digital footprints have established an information power and deterrence similar to the nuclear power and deterrence of an earlier era.

Emerging technologies in communications have also had a profound impact on soft power such as ideological, cultural, or moral appeals. Although there is no hard or soft theoretical evidence on the dynamicstrends indicate that the latter is assuming increasing traction and importance.

Communities of affinity

International relations in politics and cooperation in security and economics, through government, businesses and nonprofits develop cooperative exchanges between nations and benefit commerce, security, quality of life, and the environment. Today’s world is richly connected and complex and for stability, there is a need for a globally oriented perspective on issues that transcend international boundariesExceptional economic integration, unprecedented threats to peace and security, and an international focus on human rights and environmental protection all are subject to the complexity of international relations in the twenty-first century.  

Global communications, powered digitally, are empowering hitherto dormant groups and voices in the international community. Their voices have created an ecosystem for the contestation of new political, economic, and, more tellingly, cultural boundaries. The interactive and instant nature of these communications has created large perceived moral spaces for exploring changing values among communities of affinity rather than geography.

Surge of nationalism 

Nationalism is both omnipresent and elusive. It pervades global behavior and can be seen as both a conservative and a revolutionary force. It attacks the status quo such as populism and authoritarianism. Nationalism calls for allegiance in a nation greater than other groups that may be based on religion, political leaning, or other socio-economic groups.

Nationalism is perceived as seeking distinction from other nations. It gives preference to political representation striving to preserve the nation by the nation for the nation. Nationalism can be dormant including legal immigrants and minorities or a problematic, infectious, escalatory, and overtly violent nationalism to exclude minorities, endangering stability. At the end of the day, the fresh thought of nations for the nation with slogans such as “America for Americans” and “Make in India’ and the spirit behind them in vibrant democracies cannot be faulted.

Conflicting relationships

As late as the end of the Second World War, the world was divided into two camps – the Allied and the Axis. In the succeeding decades, the Cold War set in and the communist bloc came into being as a powerful section under the leadership of the erstwhile USSR. On the opposite side was the West, including the vanquished in war,  under the economically fast-growing influence of the growing [power of the USA.

Over the last few years, all of this changed, especially after the disintegration of the erstwhile USSR. Here are a few samples of conflicting relationships in the world today, if you may. Iran and Türkiye are together against Israel but on opposing sides against Armenia. Türkiye, while spewing venom against Israel, does not want to cut economic ties with it. China is “neutral” in the matter of the Russian invasion of Ukraine but wants a close economic relationship with the USA who, as part of NATO, are wholly behind Ukraine.

Issue-based relationships

A system is said to be in stable equilibrium if, when displaced from equilibrium, it experiences a net force or torque in a direction opposite to the direction of the displacement. By the laws of physics, there can be no stability without tension. Would you say that going forward the world will see stability in contradictory multilateral relations rather than gravitating towards any particular permanent bloc?

In an environment where the practice of international relations is valuable in their own respective space, in a wide array of settings, and differing players distinct from each other, the requirement for stability is varied and independent of each other. The kaleidoscope of such relations is explicit in areas of trade policies between nationstravel related to business, tourism, and immigration, providing people with opportunities to enhance their lives. These different spaces help nations to cooperate to pool resources, and share information as a way to face global issues that go beyond any particular country or region in that particular space.

In a multipolar world, the relationships will be defined by the requirements in each separate space like security, economy, etc rather than gravitating wholesome to defined blocs.

(The author is an Indian Army veteran and a contemporary affairs commentator. Views are personal. He can be reached at )

Post a Comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
Tue, 12/05/2023 - 13:25
Wow! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It's on a completely different
topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Outstanding choice of
추천 토토
Thu, 12/14/2023 - 09:55
It's really a cool and useful piece of information. I'm glad that you simply shared this useful information with us.

Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.
일본 19금
Thu, 12/28/2023 - 13:54
Uncover a goldmine of top-tier adult substance at AVJOHA.

Our curated garnering is immeasurable, catering to diverse preferences.

Whether you're acquainted with or recent to grown up topic,
AVJOHA ensures a one-of-a-kind journey.
Jump into a realm of captivating pleasures and release your senses be
Get the drift after yourself, don't just
rely on my words ? countless import visitors benefit regularly.

Examine AVJOHA accurate away and view what has everybody under the sun so
스튜어디스 유튜브
Thu, 12/28/2023 - 19:17
Perpetually heard of 'YouTubeMoa'?
Explore a creation where public theme meets, selected by advanced systems.

A treasure trove of contentedness awaits you, curated from the ginormous digital universe, designed to obstruct you in the
Relate with the massive multitude who've prominent their hubspot throughout all
things chic.
Objective 'YouTubeMoa' instantly and persevere in to be a trendsetter.

Your next favorite delight fragment is fair-minded a click away!
Fri, 01/05/2024 - 00:25
Are you in the know of 'YouTubeMoa'?
Jump into a realm where trending delighted gathers,
chosen beside innovative algorithms.
A vast contract for store of online wonders is at your
disposal, selected from the limitless digital realm, to keep you in the know.

Get with the numerous individuals who've discovered their fraudulent suited for widely known happenings.

Save 'YouTubeMoa' strategic away and protect leading the pack.

The stake of pleased you'll honey next is so obturate ignore, justified a click!
Fri, 01/05/2024 - 11:50
Excellent beat ! I would like to apprentice
while you amend your site, how could i subscribe for a blog
site? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been a little
bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear concept
Sun, 01/07/2024 - 10:24
Hello are using Wordpress for your site platform?
I'm new to the blog world but I'm trying to get started and set up my own.
Do you require any coding expertise to make your own blog?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Sun, 01/07/2024 - 10:47
This blog was... how do I say it? Relevant!!
Finally I have found something that helped me.
Appreciate it!
Mon, 01/08/2024 - 03:42
Hi there, You have done a fantastic job. I'll certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends.
I'm sure they will be benefited from this website.
Sun, 01/14/2024 - 17:39
Honky-tonk deep into the special offerijngs for the sake of discerning
viewers att AVJOHA.
We self-admiration ourselves on curating an worldwide
gleaning that caters to a wide sort of tastes, ensuring there's something after everyone.

Whether you're au courant or mod to grown-up content, AVJOHA ensures a one-of-a-kind journey.

Puncture a corner of formidable pleasures that intention msmerize your senses.

Get the drift over the extent of yourself, don't virtuous rely on my words ?
countless import visitors amends regularly.
Explore AVJOHA right away and view what has every one sso intrigued.
Fri, 01/19/2024 - 00:05
Hi there just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let
you know a few of the images aren't loading properly.
I'm not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I've tried it in two
different browsers and both show the same outcome.
믿을 수 있는 토토사이트
Sat, 01/20/2024 - 17:28
Searching pro predictable gambling tips?
Call in 토토사이트 ? Totogate!
Our 안전놀이터 delivers scrupulous, recent facts appropriate for well-advised b wealthier betting decisions.

Whether starting far-off or in the know,
토토 directs you to more intelligent, unimperilled gambling.

Appropriate for by of our community and sustain a out of at the in gambling!