Press TV, Seoul
Leading scholars from around the globe have discussed the changing world order and the decline of US hegemony at the 2nd World Congress of Security Studies in Seoul, South Korea. Former US Special Representative to North Korea, Joseph Yun, admitted Washington’s power had waned and suggested middle states had greater agency.
The forum’s other scholars agreed, suggesting greater accommodations from Washington would be necessary, to reduce tensions and the threat of conflict. For China that shift centers on its competition with the United States.
While Western analysts often argue the US maintains a quote rules-based world order, an alternative perspective of US behavior emerges in states not aligned with American interests.
Even the role of the US in South Korea has been questioned lately, with a presidential candidate recently criticizing America’s support of Japanese colonial rule over South Korea. Former US diplomat Joseph Yun concedes the US position has weakened, amidst greater multi-polarity.
South Korea has sought to play that greater role especially by bringing the US and North Korea into talks on denuclearization and peace building. Former Ambassador Yun also admitted the US-South Korea alliance had issues to resolve as Seoul asserts greater authority over its own security.
The speakers at this conference emphasized the dramatic changes in the world order that are upon us. And it’s here in East Asia that those shifts in power are being played out. The question is how the nations involved will deal with it.