From: The Bottom Line

What is the “Westless” global order?

Can internationalism, and the United Nations itself, survive if the United States no longer cares?

The former US national security adviser, John Bolton, once said: “There is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally can be led by the only real power left in the world – that is, the US.”

When the West, led by the United States, wanted to make sure that World Wars I and II would not happen again, it helped create countless international organisations to maintain a US-led global order (NATO, WTO, WHO, UN, IEA, OECD, etc).

But this order is showing its age. It faces challenges within, increasing numbers of citizens in the West are turning their back on globalism, and taking out their frustrations on “the other” and people in the Global South argue that the old global order does not reflect the geopolitical realities of 2020.

So is the world heading to a state of “Westlessness” where the West no longer desires to maintain the old order? And if so, what happens to the notion of international law and institutions? Do smaller countries have to fend for themselves?

Join Steve Clemons and his panel of experts as they discuss the repercussions of “Westlessness”.


Danielle Pletka – senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute

Ian Bremmer – president of Eurasia Group

Wolfgang Ischinger – chairman of the Munich Security Conference