Comment: US must embrace multilateralism and provide leadership again

The world needs a realistic way forward following Trump’s reign, whether it ends next month or in four years’ time

21st October, 2020
Comment: US must embrace multilateralism and provide leadership again
While the US is no longer the sole global hegemon, it remains the only actor with convening power. Picture: Getty

With the US presidential election nearing its apotheosis, predictions about what will come after are dominating discussions well beyond the United States. When it comes to international relations, forecasts range from apocalyptic to cautiously optimistic. But what is needed is an actual way forward, grounded in realism.

By realism, I don’t mean the “realist” approach to international relations which emphasises the role of sovereign states as self-interested actors. By that standard, some have argued that...

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