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The end of the Cold War is usually seen as the beginning of the contemporary era in world politics which is the subject matter of this book. It is, therefore, appropriate that we begin the story with a discussion of the Cold War. The chapter shows how the dominance of two superpowers, the United States of America and the Soviet Union, was central to the Cold War. It tracks the various arenas of the Cold War in different parts of the world.

The chapter views the Non Aligned Movement NAM as a challenge to the dominance of the two superpowers and describes the attempts by the non-aligned countries to establish a New International Economic Order NIEO as a means of attaining economic development and political independence.

Germany, divided after the Second World War, was unified. One after another, the eight East European countries that were part of the Soviet bloc replaced their communist governments in response to mass demonstrations.

The Soviet Union stood by as the Cold War began to end, not by military means but as a result of mass actions by ordinary men and women.

Eventually the Soviet Union itself disintegrated. We also discuss what happened to that part of the world after the collapse of communist regimes and how India relates to these countries now. The era since then has been described as a period of US dominance or a unipolar world. In this chapter, we try to understand the nature, extent and limits of this dominance. We begin by narrating the story of the rise of the new world order from the First Gulf War to the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Finally, we turn to see if there are challenges to this hegemony and whether it can be overcome. While evolving regional solutions to their historical enmities and weaknesses, both the EU and the ASEAN have developed alternative institutions and conventions that build a more peaceful and cooperative regional order and have transformed the countries in the region into prosperous economies.

The economic rise of China has made a dramatic impact on world politics. In this chapter, we take a look at some of these emerging alternative centres of power and assess their possible role in the future. When India and Pakistan joined the club of nuclear powers, this region suddenly became the focus of global attention. The focus was, of course, on the various kinds of conflict in this region: there are pending border and water sharing disputes between the states of the region.

Besides, there are conflicts arising out of insurgency, ethnic strife and resource sharing. This makes the region very turbulent. At the same time, many people in South Asia recognise the fact that this region can develop and prosper if the states of the region cooperate with each other.

In this chapter, we try to understand the nature of conflict and cooperation among different countries of the region. Since much of this is rooted in or conditioned by the domestic politics of these countries, we first introduce the region and the domestic politics of some of the big countries in the region.

NAM became an economic pressur e group. By the mids. Economic development was also vital for the independence of the new countries. Their strength was based on their unity and their resolve to remain non-aligned despite the attempt by the two superpowers to bring them into their alliances. They also worked to prevent war between others and tried to end wars that had broken out.

Neutrality refers principally to a policy of staying out of war. As Nehru r eminded the world. It is important to remember that India chose to involve other members of the non-aligned group in this mission. During the Cold War.

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At one level. NIEO was just an activate those regional and idea that never international organisations. Here we may refer to only two criticisms: Indian diplomats and leaders were often used to communicate and mediate between Cold War rivals such as in the Korea War in the early s. On the contrary. India tried to reduce the differences between the alliances and thereby prevent differences fro m escalating into a full-scale war.

If India felt ignored or unduly pressurised by one superpower. India was often able to balance one superpower against the other. India was in favour of actively intervening in world affairs to soften Cold War rivalries. Neither alliance system could take India for granted or bully it. Having criticised others for joining alliances. In the name of pursuing its national interest.

This was regarded. India repeatedly tried to So. Each group is to represent three different worlds. They have to develop. The Korean and Vietnam Wars would be good examples.

It was also based on a resolve to democratise the international system by thinking about an alternative world order to redress existing inequities.

It meant that the poor and often very small countries of the world need not become followers of any of the big powers. It was based on a recognition that decolonised states share a historical affiliation and can become a powerful force if they come together. Connect to the present situation in these countries. These core ideas remain relevant even after the Cold War has ended. As we will see in Chapter 2. Signed in Washington. USSR later Russia.

Entered into force on 5 March Extended indefinitely in Signed by the US. France and China. So there are five nuclear weapon states: For the purposes of the NPT. Entered into force on 10 October Entered into force on 3 October Which among the following statements about the Cold War is wrong? Write against each of these the bloc they belonged to during the Cold War. What were the reasons for both these developments? Why did the superpowers have military alliances with smaller countries? Give three reasons.

Here is a list of countries.

Do you agree with this? Give one example to support your position. Sometimes it is said that the Cold War was a simple struggle for power and that ideology had nothing to do with it.

What do you think about the statement that NAM has become irrelevant today. How did this option benefit their growth during the peak of the Cold War?

Give reasons to support your opinion. Frederik Ramm. Eventually the Soviet Union itself disintegrated. People making a tiny hole in the wall 2.

The Soviet Union stood by as the Cold War began to end. The pictures here depict: The Berlin Wall as it stood before Credit: A section of the wall opened to allow free movement 3. In this chapter. Built in to separate East Berlin from West Berlin. One after another. We also discuss what happened to that part of the world after the collapse of communist regimes and how India relates to these countries now.

This marked the unification of the two parts of Germany and the beginning of the end of the communist bloc. The political and the economic systems of all these countries were modelled after the USSR. The Soviet economy was then more developed than the rest of the world except for the US. The Soviet political system centred around the communist party. The party refused to recognise the urge of people in the fifteen different republics that formed the Soviet Union to manage their own affairs including their cultural affairs.

This was perhaps the biggest attempt in human history to abolish the institution of private property and consciously design a society based on principles of equality. It had a domestic consumer industry that produced everything from pins to cars. The economy was planned and controlled by the state.

The Warsaw Pact. Russia was only one of the fifteen republics that together constituted the USSR. Lack of democracy and the absence of freedom of speech stifled people who often expressed their dissent in jokes and cartoons. It had a complex communications network. In doing so. The revolution was inspired by the ideals of socialism.

Most of the institutions of the Soviet state needed reform: There was no unemployment. The Soviet state ensured a minimum standard of living for all citizens. The USSR was the leader of the bloc. State ownership was the dominant form of ownership: The Central Asian republics did not ask for independence and wanted to remain with the Soviet Federation.

In December The Soviet economy was faltering in the late s and became stagnant. Reforms were necessary to keep the USSR abreast of the information and technological revolutions taking place in the West. The Soviet Union lagged behind the West in technology. The people had tasted freedom by then and did not want the old-style rule of the Communist Party.

Gorbachev initiated the policies of economic and political reform and democratisation within the country. The Russian Republic. The Communist Party of the Soviet Union was banned. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in weakened the system even further.

Ukraine and Belarus. This led to shortages in all consumer goods. Unlike in the past. The reforms were opposed by leaders within the Communist Party. Food imports increased every year. Capitalism and democracy were adopted as the bases for the post-Soviet republics.

The people in the East European countries which were part of the Soviet bloc started to protest against their own governments and Soviet control. Though wages continued to grow. Power began to shift from the Soviet centre to the republics. These developments were accompanied by a rapidly escalating crisis within the USSR that hastened its disintegration. Boris Yeltsin emerged as a national hero in opposing this coup. Russia accepted all the international treaties and commitments of the Soviet Union.

After years of being told that the Soviet. While there are unique features of the Soviet collapse. This led to a huge economic burden that the system could not cope with. Economic stagnation for many years led to sever e consumer shortages and a large section of Soviet society began to doubt and question the system and to do so openly.

The old Soviet Union was thus dead and buried. Why did the system become so weak and why did the economy stagnate? The answer is partially clear. The exclusion of these republics was an issue that was quickly solved by making them founding members of the CIS. How did the second most powerful country in the world suddenly disintegrate?

This is a question worth asking not just to understand the Soviet Union and the end of communism but also because it is not the first and may not be the last political system to collapse. It took over as the only nuclear state of the postSoviet space and carried out some nuclear disarmament measures with the US. The Soviet economy used much of its resources in maintaining a nuclear and military arsenal and the development of its satellite states in Eastern Europe and within the Soviet system the five Central Asian Republics in particular.

I am amazed! How could so many sensitive people all over the world admire a system like this? Russia was now accepted as the successor state of the Soviet Union. They could see the disparities between their system and the systems of the West. Ordinary people were alienated by slow and stifling administration. Here is where the answers become more controversial. Worse still. One view is that nationalist urges and feelings were very much at work throughout the history of the Soviet Union and that whether or not the reforms had occurred there would have been an internal struggle within the Soviet Union.

Even those who were with him became disillusioned as they felt that he did not adequately defend his own policies. They felt that their power and privileges were eroding and Gorbachev was moving too quickly.

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They did not benefit in the way they had hoped. The rise of nationalism and the desire for sovereignty within various republics including Russia and the Baltic Republics Estonia. Here again there are differing views. There were sections of Soviet society which felt that Gorbachev should have moved much faster and were disappointed and impatient with his methods.

People did not identify with the system and with the rulers. Gorbachev lost support on all sides and divided public opinion. The Soviet Union had become stagnant in an administrative and political sense as well.

Latvia and Lithuania. Gorbachev promised to reform the economy. The Communist Party that had ruled the Soviet Union for over 70 years was not accountable to the people. Gorbachev resigns as the President of the Soviet Union. Berlin Wall falls in November February: Gorbachev strips the Soviet Communist Party of its year-long monopoly on power by calling on the Soviet parliament Duma to permit multiparty politics March: Lithuania becomes the first of the 15 Soviet republics to declare its independence June: Russian parliament declares its independence from the Soviet Union June: Independence movement begins in Lithuania.

Soviet Union declares that the Warsaw Pact members are free to decide their own futures.

The Communist Party hardliners stage an abortive coup against Gorbachev September: Three Baltic republics of Estonia. Since this dispute had engaged the military of the two blocs. Some of them. Institutions like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund became powerful advisors to all these countries since they gave them loans for their transitions to capitalism.

The end of the Cold War left open only two possibilities: The Central Asian countries wanted to take advantage of their geographical location and continue their close ties with Russia and also to establish ties with the West. Each of these had a number of effects that we cannot list here.

All these countries had their own independent aspirations and choices. Backed by the power and prestige of the US. Let us note here three broad kinds of enduring changes that resulted from it.

First of all. As it turned out. Ordinary people here felt alienated from the Central Asians and from each other and concluded also that they were paying too high an economic price to keep the more backward areas within the Soviet Union. It is to these issues that we now turn. The ideological dispute over whether the socialist system would beat the capitalist system was not an issue any more.

China and others. Privatisation of state assets and corporate ownership patterns were to be immediately brought in. Collective farms were to be replaced by private farming and capitalism in agriculture. The collapse of communism was followed in most of these countries by a painful process of transition from an authoritarian socialist system to a democratic capitalist system.

The model of transition in Russia. Above all. Shock therapy varied in intensity and speed amongst the former second world countries. Each of these countries was required to make a total shift to a capitalist economy. The rate of inflation was so high that people lost all their savings. Each state from this bloc was now linked directly to the West and not to each other in the region.

Since the restructuring was carried out through market forces and not by government-directed industrial policies. These states were thus to be gradually absorbed into the Wester n economic system. I can see the shock. This also involved openness to foreign investment. The collective farm system disintegrated leaving people without food security.

The real GDP of Russia in was below what it was in The withdrawal of government subsidies pushed large sections of the people into poverty. Though all citizens were given vouchers to participate in the sales. Post-Soviet states. A mafia emerged in most of these countries and started controlling many economic activities. The middle classes were pushed to the periphery of society. The old trading structure broke down with no alternative in its place. The old system of social welfare was systematically destroyed.

Development was now envisaged through more trade. In Russia. The free trade regime and foreign direct investment FDI were to be the main engines of change. The Western capitalist states now became the leaders and thus guided and controled the development of the region through various agencies and organisations. Privatisation led to new disparities. But where is the therapy? Why do we talk in such euphemisms?

If you succeed. The region as a whole has many sectarian conflicts. Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are major oil and gas producers.

Countries and provinces are fighting over river waters. The reason for the revival for most of their economies was the export of natural resources like oil. There are movements against the existing regimes in Ukraine. Kyrgyzstan and Georgia. All this has led to instability. Chechnya and Dagestan. Most of these economies. Other countries have gained because of the oil pipelines that cr oss their territories for which they get rent. The region is next to Russia.

Central Asia has also become a zone of competition between outside powers and oil companies. In Georgia. In Central Asia. The constitutions of all these countries were drafted in a hurry and most. The construction of democratic institutions was not given the same attention and priority as the demands of economic transformation. A judicial culture and independence of the judiciary was yet to be established in most of these countries. Some amount of manufacturing has restarted.

They allowed no dissent or opposition. The Central Asian Republics are a rea s with vast hydrocarbon resources.

This image is that of Inkombank. For example. Tajikistan witnessed a civil war that went on for ten years till Complicating the picture is the growing involvement of outside powers.

Unlike the earlier system. Czechoslovakia split peacefully into two. Within months of the release of the latest film in India. This was really a big surprise to me when I came to Uzbekistan. After Most of them can sing some Hindi songs. Ethnic Serbs opposed this. After 11 September China has interests here because of the oil resources.

But the strongest relations are still those between Russia and India. Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina declaring independence. What they mean by a multipolar world Make a list of the similarities between India and the USSR in their political and economic ideologies. But the most severe conflict took place in the Balkan republics of Yugoslavia.

He is an Afghan who brings videos from the Pakistani frontier town Peshawar. We sell about videos a day. Russia and India share a vision of a multipolar world order. They have a common culture.

One can hear Hindi film songs all over the region. Allot a country to each group. It was a multi-dimensional relationship: It gave aid and technical assistance for steel plants like Bhilai. It also supported India during its major conflicts.

Hindi films and Indian culture were popular in the Soviet Union. More than 80 bilateral agreements have been signed between India and Russia as part of the Indo-Russian Strategic Agreement of India too supported Soviet foreign policy in some crucial but indirect ways. The Soviet Union accepted Indian currency for trade when India was short of foreign exchange.

India received most of its military hardware from the Soviet Union at a time when few other countries were willing to part with military technologies.. You could encourage the students to discuss if there is an alternative to both communism and capitalism. The Soviet Union entered into various agreements allowing India to jointly produce military equipment.

Assign the group to collect information on the political. Ensure that students talk about how people of these countries felt about themselves as citizens. Since India is an oilimporting nation. Every aspect of the economy was planned and controlled by the State Arrange the following in chronological order: Cooperation with these republics includes partnership and investment in oilfields.

Russia is important to India and has repeatedly come to the assistance of India during its oil crises. Birth of CIS c. Soviet invasion of Afghanistan b. Boris Yeltsin d. Shock Therapy b. Russia stands to benefit from this relationship because India is the second largest arms market for Russia.

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Russia and India have collaborated on various scientific projects. Disintegration of the Soviet Union d. Economic model v. Socialism was the dominant ideology b. Warsaw e. Change in the balance of power in the world order d. Mikhail Gorbachev a. Fall of the Berlin Wall c.

Successor of USSR ii. The Indian military gets most of its hardware from Russia. Crises in the Middle East Match the following: People enjoyed economic freedom d. Military pact iii. India is seeking to increase its energy 2.

Introduced reforms iv. What were the major consequences of the disintegration of the Soviet Union for countries like India? Fill in the blanks.

Write an essay for or against the following proposition: What was Shock Therapy? Was this the best way to make a transition from communism to capitalism? We begin by narrating the story of the rise of the new world order from the First Gulf War to the US-led invasion of Iraq. The era since then has been described as a period of US dominance or a unipolar world. The attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York on 11 September has been seen as a watershed event in contemporary history.

After exploring the political. We will meet Ayesha. Or else I too would have been a victim of US hegemony. How can we even discuss their problems in the same breath? We can. This is largely correct. Jabu and Andrei again. Now she is learning to walk all over again. Can you think how and why? Andrei is a young man living in Perth. The business is not doing too well. But let us first understand how US hegemony began and how it operates in the world today.

He wants to go to art school and later open his own studio. She still plans to become a doctor. She lost a leg in when a missile slammed into an air raid shelter in which she was hiding with her friends. In contrast. Andrei has had an argument with his mother. Ayesha has lost her leg and is lucky to be alive. But it may be useful to r emind ourselves that the expression America covers the two continents of North and South America and that the US is only one of the countries of the American continent.

Jabu will be able to make the family business profitable. She wants him to look respectable in church. His parents are immigrants from Russia. His mother gets very angry every time Andrei puts on blue jeans to go to church.

While one of the two superpowers ceased to exist. His paintings are heavily influenced by traditional tribal art forms. As we shall see in this chapter. South Africa. A massive coalition force of Iraq invaded Kuwait. Let us therefore look at this process by which US hegemony got established more closely.

For the UN. After a series of diplomatic attempts failed at convincing Iraq to quit its aggression. Nor m a n Schwarzkopf. The most important episode occurred in Tanzania in Although the Iraqi President. In foreign policy. The air forces of the NATO countries. According to many reports. Within a few days of this bombing. Bill Clinton won again in and thus remained the president of the US for eight years.

Saddam Hussein. These bombings were attributed to Al-Qaeda. During the Clinton years. Another significant US military action during the Clinton years was in response to the bombing of the US embassies in Nairobi.

Kenya and Dar-es-Salaam. President Clinton ordered Operation Infinite. An American general. Japan and Saudi Arabia than it had spent on the war. George H. Reach, a series of cruise missile strikes on Al-Qaeda terrorist targets in Sudan and Afghanistan.

The US did not bother about the UN sanction or provisions of international law in this regard.

It was alleged that some of the targets were civilian facilities unconnected to terrorism. In retrospect, this was merely the beginning. On 11 September , nineteen hijackers hailing from a number of Arab countries took control of four American commercial aircraft shortly after takeoff and flew them into important buildings in the US. The fourth aircraft, presumably bound for the Capitol building of the US Congress, came down in a field in Pennsylvania.

In America the convention is to. The attacks killed nearly three thousand persons. In terms of their shocking effect on Americans, they have been compared to the British burning of Washington, DC in and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in The US forces made arrests all over the world, often without the knowledge of the government of the persons being arrested, transported these persons across countries and detained them in secret prisons.

Some of them w e re bro u g h t to Guantanamo Bay, a US Naval base in Cuba, wher e the prisoners did not enjoy the protection of international law or the law of their own country or that of the US.

Even the UN representatives were not allowed to meet these prisoners. Do they also have political dynasties in the US? Or was this the only exception? Clinton had been succeeded in the US presidency by George W. Unlike Clinton, Bush had a much harder view of US interests and of the means by which to advance them.

The Taliban regime was easily overthrown, but remnants of the Taliban and Al-. Qaeda have remained potent, as is clear from the number of terrorist attacks launched by them against Western targets since. How would you react in a press conference to these cartoons? The ostensible purpose of the invasion was to prevent Iraq from developing weapons of mass destruction WMD. Since no evidence of WMD has been unearthed in Iraq, it is speculated that the invasion was motivated by other objectives, such as controlling Iraqi oilfields and installing a regime friendly to the US.

Instead, a full-fledged insurgency against US occupation was ignited in Iraq. While the US has lost over 3, military personnel in the war, Iraqi casualties are very much higher.

It is conservatively estimated that 50, Iraqi civilians have been killed since the US-led invasion. It is now widely recognised that the US invasion of Iraq was, in some crucial respects, both a military and political failure. Politics is about power. Just as individuals want to gain and retain power, groups too want to gain and retain power.

We routinely talk of someone becoming powerful or someone doing something for power. In the case of world politics too, countries and groups of countries are engaged in constantly trying to gain and retain power. This power is in the form of military domination, economic power, political clout and cultural superiority. We can identify three very different understandings of what hegemony is. Let us examine each of these meanings of hegemony and relate them to contemporary international politics.

The collapse of the Soviet Union left the world with only a single power. In absolute terms. Do you remember Ayesha. The word implies the leadership or predominance of one state.

In my town they call it dadagiri.

It is this notion of hegemony as military preponderance that is especially germane to the current position and role of the US in world politics.

The bedrock of contemporary US power lies in the overwhelming superiority of its military power. The roots of the word hegemony lie in classical Greek. What does this cartoon say about the nature of US hegemony? American military dominance today is both absolute and relative.

But even more awesome than the absolute capabilities of the US is the fact that no other power today can remotely match them. It shows that the commands of the US military are not limited to the area of the United States. This map depicts the areas of responsibility of the five Commands of the US armed forces. The US has not been able to force the Iraqi people into submitting to the occupation forces of the US-led coalition.

Imperial powers through history have used military forces to accomplish only four tasks: As the Iraq invasion shows. What does this map tell us about the military power of the US? The US today spends more on its military capability than the next 12 powers combined. To fully understand the nature of American weakness.

The basic idea is that an open world economy requires a hegemon or dominant power to support its creation and existence. Free trade in an open world economy would not be possible without open SLOCs. In the context of the world economy.

It emerges from a particular understanding of the world economy. By public goods we mean those goods that can be consumed by one person without reducing the amount of the good available for someone else. The hegemon usually does this to its own advantage but often to its relative detriment. As you can see here. The second notion of hegemony is very different from the first.

Fresh air and roads are examples of public goods. Another example of a global public good is the Internet. Although it is seen today as making the virtual world of the World Wide Web possible. The US share of the world economy remains an enormous 28 per cent.

How can this country be so rich? I see so many poor people here. This becomes even clearer if we consider the world economy in downloading Power Parity PPP terms as in the graphic on the right. Since the decline of British naval power after the Second World War. The US also accounts for 15 per cent of world trade. Most of them are non-White. Even today.

Adapted to the field of world politics. Hegemony arises when the dominant class or country can The predominance of the US in the world today is based not only on its military power and economic prowess. Whether we choose to recognise the fact or not. When his parents were youngsters in the Soviet Union.

The first business school in the world. The idea that business is a profession that depends upon skills that can be taught in a university is uniquely American. America is the most seductive. It would however be a mistake to see US hegemony in purely military and economic terms without considering the ideological or the cultural dimension of US hegemony.

That would mean competing with so many others who wish to become doctors or engineers so as to go to the US. The first MBA courses were initiated around The behaviour of the weaker countries is influenced in ways that favour the interests of the most powerful country.

Over time we get so used to hegemony that we hardly notice it. This takes us back to our South African friend Jabu. Identify elements of US hegemony in each of these photographs. As the example of blue jeans in That is strange! I never think of the US when downloading jeans for myself. Can you identify similar elements on your way back from school to home? How can I still be a victim of US hegemony?

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But it was in the area of soft power that the US was ultimately triumphant. Although the Soviet centrally-planned economy provided an alternate model of internal economic organisation. It was in the area of structural power and soft power that the US scored notable victories. Although the American mass media may from time to time impose or promote a particular perspective on domestic public opinion in the US. To what extent do protests like this constrain the US government?

We can identify three constraints on American power. This factor. There is only one organisation in the international system that o n These two photographs are from an exhibition on the Human Costs of the Iraq War by the American Friends Service Committee organised at the National Convention of the Democratic Party in A system of division of powers between the However.

India found itself on the opposite side of the divide from the US. Collect news clippings and articles about the recent Indo-US civil nuclear deal. Opposing the US. Those Indian analysts who see international politics largely in terms of military power are fearful of the growing closeness between India and the US.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union. Within India. These factors relate to the technological dimension and the role of the Indian-American diaspora. India too has to decide exactly what type of relationship it wants with the US in this phase of global hegemony. Other analysts see the growing convergence of interests between the US and India as a historic opportunity for India. That feels nice. They would prefer that India maintains its aloofness from Washington and focuses upon increasing its own comprehensive national power.

The choices are not exactly easy. They advocate a strategy that would allow India to take advantage of US hegemony and the mutual convergences to establish the best possible options for itself. India suddenly found itself friendless in an increasingly hostile international environment. The US obviously has an enormous interest in keeping the alliance of democracies that follow the market economies alive and therefore it is possible that its allies in the NATO will be able to moderate the exercise of US hegemony.

Summarise the position of the supporters and opponents of the deal. The United States is a pre-eminent power. What have we seen in case of Iraq and in case of Iran?

After the July statement. As we shall see in Chapter 6. A third group of analysts would advocate that India should take the lead in establishing a coalition of countries from the developing world. India needs to develop an appropriate mix of foreign policy strategies to deal with the US.

Are these three positions in some way linked to the three strategies mentioned in the chapter? Dr Manmohan Singh. BE How long will hegemony last? How do we get beyond hegemony? These become. But what about the present and the future? In international politics. I make no apology that we seek good relations with the United States. There we find that the independent foreign policy has been affected.

That was not expected before that. When we were trying to bring gas from Iran via Pakistan which we need. There are some rules and norms called the laws of war that restrict. I would respectfully urge this august House to recognise the changed mood of the world towards India.

There is no world government like the government of a country.

But it would be wrong for us not to take advantage of the opportunities that are now on the horizon. But at the same time. We will protect ourselves to ensure against the risks that are there. We supported the resolution moved by US and P 5. History provides us with some fascinating clues to answer these questions. I sincerely believe that it is in the interest of our country to have good relations with all the major powers.

This is not to say that power politics is a thing of the past. Over time. There are many examples of this behaviour. If you were to draw this. But few states will entrust their security to international law alone. This implies staying as far removed from the dominant power as possible. These various actors.

Does this mean that there is no escape from war and hegemony? In the short term. While it may be an attractive. These challenges to American hegemony will emerge in the economic and cultural realms. A military coalition against the US is even less likely given the differences that exist among big countries like China. US Hegemony in World Politics not prohibit. Some people believe that resistance to American hegemony may not come from other states.

Invite the students to reflect on the future of the region or conflict twenty years from now. How long will the US continue to be hegemonic? Which other powers may be in a position to challenge US hegemony in that region? All this sounds like a lot of jealousy. Israel-Palestine or Kosovo or any active conflict at the time of teaching. West Asia. South Asia. What is our problem with US hegemony? Just that we were not born there?

Or something else? If the behaviour of the headman becomes intolerable. The fact-file should focus on the US interest in the region.

Ideas for the Teacher o n Using the fact-file as the background information.

East Asia and Australia. South America. In this global village. Resistance will then be the only option available.In both cases this influence was political. Russia is important to India and has repeatedly come to the assistance of India during its oil crises. President Clinton ordered Operation Infinite. South Asian Survey. It tracks the various arenas of the Cold War in different parts of the world.

The deterrence relationship prevents war but not the rivalry between powers. Missile attack in Sudan d. Next follows a brief account of the geopolitics of resource competition. Each chapter begins with an overview to quickly give you an idea of what to expect. The free trade regime and foreign direct investment FDI were to be the main engines of change.