11.09.09 Towards an Inclusive World
After 9/11, two major developments took shape in the international politics. First, genuine national movements for right of self-determination received a set back as any protest and resistance was dubbed as terrorism, giving the occupation forces a carte blanche to suppress such movements with brutal force. Second, an era of unilateralism was set in when the Bush Administration launched an attack on Iraq in 2003 on the pretext that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. This attack had no international approval. The ensuing death and destruction in Iraq gave birth to further instability in the region and had disastrous consequences globally. Not only US attack on Iraq destabilised the country, it also caused economic recession the consequence of which are felt all over the world, including the US and Europe.
President Obama’s election has rekindled the hope that the US is poised to comeback in the multilateral fold and play its vital role in the international arena. However, the damage done to the international political system is immense and would require extraneous efforts to restore the confidence of international community in a globalized world without the fear of being coerced through unilateral pursuit of power projection.
An Inclusive Agenda
For effective multilateralism, it is important that the international community, particularly major powers, play their role in addressing festering issues in political, social and economic arena. The following needs to be attended by the international community on priority basis.
- A distinction has to be made between genuine struggle for right of self-determination and acts of terrorism perpetrated by faceless terrorist groups. No power should be allowed to usurp the rights of the people under occupation or struggling for the right of self-determination.
- An equitable and non-discriminatory disarmament regime should be established in order to free the world of fear of death and destruction or any attempt by stronger states to pursue their national interests through force and coercion.
- A fair economic regime needs to be established taking into account the comparative advantage of the developing countries.
- Climate change issues should be addressed on priority basis as unchecked carbon emissions are posing a big threat to the planet earth and our coming generations.
The Third World Solidarity is a forum to promote multilateralism with the sole objective that each member state of the international community has the right to live in peace in the comity of nations without fear of coercion. To achieve these objectives there is a need to promote a dialogue within the civil society to impress upon their governments to respect the independence and sovereignty of other nations, work for the democratization of the UN system, and promote the culture of resolution of disputes through peaceful means.