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THE WORLD ON THE THRESHOLD OF CHANGE
Author: Valentin Chikin
(By Valentin Chikin. Sovetskaya Rossia, Nov. 10, 2016, p. 1. Condensed text:) Editors’ Note. - Sovetskaya Rossia’s editor in chief Valentin Chikin interviews Col. Gen. L[eonid] G[rigoryevich] Ivashov, president of the [Russian] Academy of Geopolitical Problems.
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Question. - Leonid Grigoryevich, I’m pleased to meet with you again, and our readers have been looking forward to this. Meanwhile, plenty of events are unfolding, the international situation is heating up, and the situation around Russia seems to be getting more complicated. And not only in connection with the war in Syria. Could you briefly characterize the international situation?
Answer. - Thank you, Valentin Vasilyevich [Chikin], for inviting me to the editorial offices of my beloved Sovetskaya Rossia. Indeed, the situation in and around Russia is becoming more complex. And the reason is not only Russian diplomatic and foreign policy activity. The world is currently standing on the threshold of changing from a unipolar to a multipolar world order. The US is ceding hegemonic positions to the Chinese leadership in the economic sphere; the Chinese golden yuan is crowding out the empty US dollar; Russia has invigorated its foreign policy and is crowding the Americans out of the international political space, initiating supranational and supracivilizational structures of the world order; and Europe and Latin America are seeing a rise in anti-American sentiment. Even [Great] Britain is beginning to look down on the US. Essentially, the UK’s [decision to] exit the European Union is in a way [its] refusal to represent US interests in Europe. On the apparently local Syrian front, a struggle is under way between the old and new world order; between US unipolarity and poly-civilizational multipolarity. And this clash between the two geopolitical projects is also evident in US society, as the [US] presidential election campaign clearly showed [see the first two features in this issue, above]. The US successfully dominates ...