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.
The John Batchelor Show, the scholar said that the current foreign
policy of the United States is indicative of its
unwillingness to recognize the multipolarity if the world today.
What we are witnessing now, Cohen said, is Washington's failing
but persistent effort to maintain its superpower status
in the global arena, and this is the primary reason for its
refusal to join France, Germany and Russia in a peaceful
resolution of the Ukrainian crisis and to join Putin's
coalition against ISIL.
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.
to the scholar, Putin understood that the idea of a
"moderate" Syrian opposition is a myth, and he doesn't want
to wager Russia's national security on a myth, "even
if Obama wants to do so." This is what led to a
proposal to send his Prime Minister to meet with top
figures in Washington. And by refusing Putin's proposal,
the US only proved that it is becoming an obstacle to a modern
peaceful multipolar world.
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.
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,"
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.
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.