Round-table #3. “Hegemonies and Counter-hegemonies: the New Global Distribution of Power and Influence”
The world is changing and changing fast. We already did enter a structural crisis of the global governance. In response key state and non-state actors are developing new strategies to maintain hegemonic control over the “system” (or – to put it in E. Wallerstein terms – to maintain “quasi monopoly on geopolitical power”). There are actors whose strength is increasing in recent decades and they claim their share in the system’s control (such as for instance China, Russia, India, Iran, Vietnam and others). The regional/global confrontation is already in place high lightened by the systemic contradictions of world economy. Future world order will be based on how these contradictions will be resolved. This new phase has been variously described – from being a New Cold War or a “G-Zero,” i.e. a world of every country for themselves. To some it resembles asymmetric multi-polarity, where the biggest player (US) is forced to share its power with eager followers (China, EU, Russia and few others). A new “great game” of competition and confrontation between major powers creates both opportunities and dangers but overall it creates new reality of power relations that is the focus of the panel.
Main points for Panel Discussion
- What is hegemony and counter hegemony? How they are constructed and represented?
- What are the incarnations of modern power?
- Who and how will influence world economy?
- How future power arrangements will look like? How to secure maximum control over distribution of capital, labor and global agenda?
- What are the non-military tools to influence global power relations?
- PIOTR DUTKIEWICZ, Professor of Political Science and Co-director of the Center for Governance and Public Policy at Carleton University