Power is not enough to be a dominant geopolitical player. You also need Legitimacy. That is why China will not replace the US anytime soon.
It’s nearly impossible to read a book on geopolitics today without the mention of the phrase A New World Order. The narrative arc behind this phrase is all-too familiar: the liberal democratic world order led by the US is now crumbling, the international system will throw up many uncertainties as a result, and one of the likely endstates for this upheaval is a Sinocentric world order.
Many claims of this New World Order narrative need deeper investigation, starting from these questions: what constitutes a world order? How was the US able to reach this position of a world leader after the World War II? What are the odds that China will replicate this feat? And finally, in what ways can India shape the world order?
Perhaps the best definition of World Order comes from a book of the same name, written by Henry Kissinger in 2014. He defines it as ‘the concept held by a region or civilisation about the nature of just arrangements and the distribution of power thought to be applicable to the entire world.’
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