Struggle between big powers spells hostile future: Report

  • News Digest
- AGENCIES, BERLIN

Feb 12, 2019-

A new age of competition between major global powers like China, the United States and Russia leaves the world facing an unpredictable and more hostile future, the hosts of a major security conference said on Monday. Entitled “The Great Puzzle: Who Will Pick Up the Pieces?”, their report aims to set the agenda for leaders at the Munich Security Conference annual meeting from Thursday. US Vice President Mike Pence is due to attend the event in the Bavarian capital, which comes after Washington said earlier this month it would suspend compliance with a landmark nuclear missile pact with Russia. “Given the prevailing strategic outlooks in Washington, Beijing, and Moscow, expectations of a new era of great power competition are seeming to turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy,” the report read. “If everyone prepares for a hostile world, its arrival is almost preordained ... The post-Cold War period—and the general optimism associated with it—has come to an end. “But it is unclear what kind of new order will emerge ... and whether the transition period will be peaceful.” Conference chairman Wolfgang Ischinger, a former German ambassador to Washington, urged policymakers from mid-sized powers including the European Union to do more to preserve a liberal international order.

Published: 12-02-2019 10:57

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