No idea, no mood, no will – US global leadership in a deep crisis

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The coronavirus pandemic hit the United States as a world leader, so it cannot be ruled out that Washington could abandon the role of guarantor of European security, believes Polish journalist Marek Budzisz. In his article on wPolityce.pl, he expresses the opinion that the format of relations between Europe and the United States may change, and this will mean that Europeans will have to take care of their own security.

In early April, former US national security adviser, Secretary of State, professor of political science, and internationally recognized international affairs expert Henry Kissinger wrote in an article for The Wall Street Journal that the United States faces three challenges facing the coronavirus epidemic , writes on the portal wPolityce.pl Polish journalist Marek Budzis. Firstly, according to Kissinger’s vision, the United States should assume the role of world leader, secondly, it should offer other countries economic instruments in the fight against the crisis, and finally, it should guard the liberal order, the author lists.

“Today, a month after the publication of Kissinger’s article, it is clearly visible that in Washington there is no idea, no mood, no will to impose on the world its vision of the struggle as a pandemic, as well as with the financial and economic crisis. In this regard, American leadership in the world, at least in the light of ideas and concepts, seems to be in a deep crisis now, ”the journalist emphasizes.

Moreover, he draws attention to the increasingly emerging new points of view on the global balance of power and the role of the United States in it, continues Bush. In the article, he cites the words of Harvard University professor of international relations Stephen Volt, who is sure that the key to American success lies in creating the necessary balance of power in strategic regions of the world. If there is no local hegemon or candidate for this role, then, in his opinion, there is no need to send the American army there, because nothing threatens equilibrium. The second condition for success is to strengthen positions in remote places in the world with the help of local authorities. Therefore, only when the US allies are unable to defend themselves, should Washington take measures to restore the balance of power.

This strategy, according to Volt, passed the exam during the Cold War in Europe and will now prove useful, because there is a threat of the emergence of a local hegemon. Therefore, he proposes that the United States entrust European countries with care for their own security. According to the expert, the situation in Southeast Asia looks different, where the local hegemon appears and the balance of power is at risk, which is why the United States should concentrate all its attention on it.

In the article, Marek Budzish presents another view shared among other things by the aforementioned Henry Kissinger, whose main thesis is to use the famous Nixon maneuver – this time it is necessary to entice Russia to the US side to weaken its alliance with China, and thereby force Beijing make concessions. “Abstracting from the fact that Moscow wants to participate in such an exchange of unions, it’s hard not to notice that the proposal itself is a confirmation of the thesis, or the fear that Washington alone will not cope with Beijing and its political allies,” the author notes.

With this stare, Matthew Kroenig of the Atlantic Council argues over the Foreign Policy pages. He is convinced that the United States should not enter into allied relations directed against China, justifying this by the lack of confidence in Vladimir Putin and doubts about the strength of Sino-Russian relations. In his opinion, the United States should bet on traditional allied relations as never before. The main objective of the United States should be to think about how to support its strategic allies, and not just about how to win over autocrats like Putin.

The Polish journalist draws attention to the fact that the proposals of Krenig and Volta have a common feature. Henceforth, the United States will have to rely more heavily on its allies than before, thereby taking into account their interests and views to a greater extent. Consequently, Washington will soon leave Europe and thereby abandon the role of guarantor of European security. Such partnerships on the EU-US line will signal that Europeans will have to take care of their own security, summarizes the Polish journalist Marek Budzis on wPolityce.pl.

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