2017 will be the year of new world (dis)order!

The New Year 2017 is arriving when international politics is on the verge of changing wind. The recent US election, Brexit referendum, the rise of rightist wings is a sign of changing pattern of international politics. Looking back there are two significant changes that happened in modern world political history. The first one is the post World War and the second one is the post-Soviet world. The changes were so visible that people can assume the things but in 2017 change would not be such visible though there are going to be a significant change.


Discussing the issue the US election should come first. President-elect Donald Trump is the main actor of change. Whether it is positive or negative he is going to start new politics. We know the republican politics in US history but the exception in Donald Trump is that he is more cautious to allies than enemies. Maybe it is a show of his anti-globalization thinking. Thus the Baltic allies of NATO member countries are feeling troublesome. The eastern European countries are again thinking of the Soviet era. Is the power switch shifting to Russia? To answer this we have to wait because the Russian economy is yet not so strong to defeat the US. We know that Donald Trump is a businessman. If he plays well in the global economy chess board US has no fear to lose the power switch.

Another issue is China and Asia. It seems that 2017 will be more hot-talked for Asia. Donald Trump’s cabinet would be nearer to Pakistan than India. As we have Trump’s phone call to Newaz. So the regional politics of India, Pakistan, and China will be changed. Maybe India has to reschedule its foreign policy. China is also frustrated with Trump as his phone call to Taiwan.  But a more serious matter to her is the probability of nuclear proliferation in this area. So China has to maintain cooperation with its neighbors to secure the status quo.

The change the year 2017 will bring mainly is US-China relation. Trump has to check Chinese rapid business expertise to secure US dominance in world politics. Let’s see what will happen!


Sharif Mustajib

International Relations,

University of Chittagong

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