Sputnik | 25 Oct 2015
The fact that Washington has refused to help Russia in the fight against ISIL is evidence of US fears of losing the “ultimate superpower” standing it obtained after the collapse of the USSR, professor of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University Stephen Cohen believes.
“Putin proposed sending to the United States his Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the former president, along with his Secretary of Defense…and the head of his National Security Council, to meet in Washington or somewhere privately to try to create a coalition against the Islamic State. Washington, the White House, refused the offer.” Cohen said.
“Kissinger, I think, is right, the world is in disorder. He is also right…it’s a different world.” Cohen said, citing a recent article by Henry Kissinger analyzing the breakdown of order in the Middle East and Russian President Putin’s rational policy in the region.
“The United States can no longer be number one alone, and therefore the obstacle to moving into the direction of a peaceful world order, the number one obstacle today, and I say this with regret, as an American patriot, is Washington,” he declared.
Cohen explained that a multi-polar world is an emerging reality being driven by history, economics, politics, national traditions, and trans-national crises, and by opposing it America is becoming part of the problem, not the solution.
“The world is made up of a lot of different regional histories and traditions. The idea that they can all be governed or ordered from one capital is a kind of crazed arrogance, though Washington clings to it,” he concluded.