Blinken affirms that the invasion of Ukraine has ended the post-Cold War era and opens “a new period”
The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, said this Wednesday that the post-Cold War era has ended with the Russian invasion of Ukraine and claimed that his country must lead the new period with “humility.”
During a talk at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (Maryland), the leader of American diplomacy said that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is “the greatest threat to the international order” after several years of “geopolitical stability” that began with the end of the Cold War.
In addition, he has accused China of being “the biggest long-term challenge” because it has deployed its “economic, diplomatic, military and technological power” to alter the international order and make “a more authoritarian world.”
“We are at a turning point: one era has ended and a new one is beginning. The decisions we make now will shape the future for decades to come,” he warned dozens of students.
Blinken has explained that the United States is pursuing leadership in this new period from “humility” because it needs to earn the “trust” of other countries. “We recognize that leadership begins with listening to and understanding the problems of others so that we can find common ground,” she detailed.
The Secretary of State has opted for a diplomacy of “variable geometry”, through which specific alliances are sought to solve specific problems, instead of configuring large ideological blocs.
Although democratic countries are a priority for Joe Biden’s Government, Blinken has explained that the United States is “determined to work with any country, including those that differ on important issues, as long as they want to solve common problems” such as climate change, food insecurity or migratory crises.
The Foreign Minister has cited the strengthening of NATO and relations with the European Union, with India, with African, Asia-Pacific and Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia.
In that sense, he has opined that the United States “has a significantly stronger position in the world than two and a half years ago,” when former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) governed.
Blinken has been “convinced” that when historians talk about this era they will say that the United States acted “decisively, strategically and humbly” to “lay the foundations for a freer and more prosperous world.”
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