By Guest Writer
From Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea to the global economic and political effects of new technologies, the post-Cold War global order may be at a tipping point.
Today we’re starting somewhere unusual: We are in in the middle of a global food and fuel crisis, we live in very catastrophic wars, which situation has been exacerbated by severe changes in climatic conditions. There is a New World Order happening in the 21st century.
The New World Order (NWO) is a conspiracy theory that hypothesizes a secretly emerging totalitarian world government. The New world order conspiracy theories could eventually have far more devastating effects on the political, economic and social life, ranging from escalating lone-wolf terrorism, which we have recently witnessed here in Uganda including people planting bombs on their bodies something that was never there before, in areas of Karamoja, we continue to see marauding Karamonjongs with guns, stealing cattle and killing other people.
In the inner Uganda, machetes and panga wielding men have caused mayhem in the country most recently. There are students and workers strikes expressing displeasure, escalation of prices for essential commodities and political demonstrations all over although subdued mightily and excessively. There is also a rise to power of authoritarian ultranationalist demagogues in the world.
During the 20th century, political figures such as Woodrow Wilson and Winston Churchill used the term, new world order to refer to a new period of history characterized by a dramatic change in world political thought and in the global balance of power after world war I and II.
The interwar and post-world war II periods were seen as opportunities to implement idealistic proposals for global governance by collective efforts to address worldwide problems that go beyond the capacity of individual nation-states to resolve, while nevertheless respecting the right of nations to self-determination.
Such collective initiatives manifested in the formation of intergovernmental organizations such as the league of nations in 1920, the East African community (EAC) in 1967 as guided by the 2000 treaty which established the Community, the United Nations (UN) in 1945, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1949, along with international regimes such as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), implemented to maintain a cooperative balance of power and facilitate reconciliation between nations to prevent the prospect of another global conflict.
As space technology evolves due to increased private and public sector investments and the pace of innovation accelerates, novel challenges and opportunities have emerged that need to be met with appropriate national goals.
Thus with the current broader systemic trends, such as globalization and climate change, it means that the challenges of today and tomorrow are global and require global responses. Fundamentally, governments should focus on the future of the Global Order research theme that examines the implications of the changing global power dynamics, impacts of new technologies, and contributions of governance institutions for the future of international cooperation.
Take it or leave it, governments must seek to understand the drivers of change and the varied implications of those changes. Additionally, they must offer new ideas for the preservation and evolution of the international order during this time when the world is entering a “New Space Age,” one that will bring many challenges and opportunities that the academia and policymakers alike shall struggle to keep up with.
It is alleged that many influential historical and contemporary figures here in Uganda and outside have become part of a cabal that operates through many front organizations to orchestrate significant political and financial events, ranging from causing systemic crises to pushing through controversial policies, at both national and international levels, as steps in an ongoing plot to achieve world domination. The world shall never remain the same anymore.
Most recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a scathing critique of the United States blaming the U.S. rather than Russian military actions in Ukraine for fostering crises in global relations, food security, inflation and trade. On Americas supremacy as exceptional power in the world, Putin has said, “Nothing lasts forever,” and that Russia had become part of a new global order willing to challenge an America that still clung to its past status as the world’s lone superpower. On victory over the New World Order, Putin declared, ‘There is Change of Elites’ Coming, Because Humanity Has ‘Woken Up’.
Today, if you see what’s happening world over especially in DR Congo, Syria, Afghanistan, and South Sudan you easily conclude that only strong and sovereign governments have the fulcrum to speak their minds in this newborn world order. These weak and fragile countries and many more in this terrestrial globe are destined to remain colonies of the mighty strong neighbors without any rights to democratically decide their future existence.
The author is Patrick Kajuma Kagaba, MPA Scholar, UMI
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