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American Isolation has its Roots in the European Position

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The future of a US-dominated world is at an end already. This is becoming increasingly evident from the way the world, particularly the erstwhile US allies in Europe and Asia, are increasingly tilting towards China, leaving the US alone in its ‘trade Cold War’ with the latter. For this reason, the US ‘trade-war’ with China is unlikely to really become a ‘Cold War’ of the sorts the world saw between the US and the Soviet Union. Although this is what suits US interests best, a general resistance among a number of key states against US attempts to divide the world into blocs or force them into even following it in its footsteps vis-à-vis key issues, such as the Iranian nuclear programme and the deal, affecting global politics does show that changes of really high magnitude are taking place that the US has largely failed to stem. The recent most session of the UNSC on Iran-embargoes illustrated the very declining influence of the US in terms of its ability to impose unilateral decisions. For the Trump administration, this decline also means a stark failure of its “maximum pressure” policy on Iran, a policy that sought to impose maximum sanctions on Iran to force its economy to crumble.

This policy received a chilly response from the US’ traditional foes—Russia and China—and new foes—Germany and France—alike. The debate that took place........

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