This month, we share two interesting articles that reflect on:
How the Ukraine war is accelerating a shift in global power
The unprecedented threats against the right to protest and freedom of speech in several parts of the world
“The war in Ukraine clearly marks the end of the Pax Americana. Russia and China openly challenge American hegemony,” writes Marc Saxer in his new op-ed.
“In China, the United States has encountered a worthy rival for global predominance. But Moscow, Delhi, and Brussels also aspire to become power hubs in the coming multipolar order.” A new world order is dawning, but will it be liberal or illiberal?
Marc Saxer coordinates the regional work of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in the Asia Pacific. Previously, he led the FES offices in India and Thailand and headed the FES Asia Pacific department.
In several countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, the right to protest and freedom of speech are increasingly in jeopardy, reports Thalif Deen. A new campaign called “Protect the Protest” aims to challenge attacks on peaceful protest, stand with those targeted, and support the causes of social movements pushing for human rights change.
Thalif Deen, Senior Editor & Director, UN Bureau, Inter Press Service news agency has been covering the United Nations since the late 1970s.