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Is this the way to a peaceful world?

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Who will rule the world? It’s a subject that more and more becomes the conversation among Western politicians and policy makers.The consensus, if there is one, is that the world sits uneasily in a gulch formed by the withdrawing roar of the United States, the flatlining or descent of Europe and the rise and rise of China.

The European Union is wallowing in uncertainty and powerlessness. Europe is a divided, fractious continent with no immediate prospect of being anything other.

The United States has been the keystone of the world for most of the seven-plus post-war decades, and especially since the end of the Soviet Union.

Washington dominated not just the Western democratic world, but because of the greater power, wealth and force which it and its allies commanded, was able to check much of the expansion of the authoritarian world. That checking was often achieved by corralling autocrats into the Western orbit, a maneuver fraught with moral hazard and willed blindness to the quotidian authoritarian customs of suppression, torture and assassinations. It was justified by arguments for stability, and the protection of the democratic world.

This exercise of power has been increasingly........

© Hürriyet Daily News