THEO VAN GOGH NEW : MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 9839 – Renowned Russian Expert Lukyanov: ‘The New Cold War Will Not End Quickly’
On March 1, 2022, renowned Russian expert Fyodor Lukyanov wrote an article, titled “The End Of An Era,” which was published in his publication, Russia in Global Affairs. In the article, Lukyanov stressed that what the world is witnessing in Ukraine is not “an ideological battle” like the ones of the past.
“World hegemony is currently being challenged in favor of a much more distributed model,” he asserted. Lukyanov then added that “the page of cooperation” with the West has been turned and that the “new Cold War” will not end quickly. “The most active part of Russian society will have to realize that their old way of life is gone. ‘Fort Russia’ has decided to put its strength to the test and, at the same time, has become an agent of cardinal change for the whole world,” Lukyanov concluded.
Below is Lukyanov’s article:
“The Russian Armed Forces’ Operation In Ukraine Marks The End Of An Era”
“Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine has spelled the end of an epoch in the state of global affairs after President Vladimir Putin launched the action last week. Its impact will be felt for years to come, but Moscow has positioned itself to ‘become an agent of cardinal change for the whole world.’
“The Russian Armed Forces’ operation in Ukraine marks the end of an era. It began with the fall of the Soviet Union and its dissolution in 1991, when a fairly stable bipolar structure was overturned by what eventually came to be known as the ‘Liberal World Order.’ This paved the way for the U.S. and its allies to play a dominant role in international politics centered around universalist ideology.
“The crisis manifested itself long ago, although there was no significant resistance from major powers who were left unsatisfied with their position on the new political playing field. In fact, for quite a long time (at least a decade and a half), there had been practically no opposition at all. Non-Western countries, namely China and Russia, made efforts to integrate into the hierarchy. Beijing managed not only to do this, but also made the most of the situation to gain a foothold as a dominant player. Moscow, however, came out much worse and took longer to adjust to this new world order and cement a respectable place within its ranks.
“The system turned out to be both inflexible and shaky as it conceptually excluded any balance of power. More importantly, however, it did not allow for a sufficient level of cultural and political diversity, which is inherently essential for the sustainable functioning of the world. A uniform worldview that ruled out all others was imposed using various means, including attitudes toward military activity.”