Recent developments within the geopolitical scene were manifested in the form of a triple serving of political summits – the G7 meeting, the NATO-EU summit and the discussion between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. One would expect that these three crucial political events would lead to at least some development and change within the realm of international relations, such as a more stable global economy or an increase in international security. Instead, what the world got was in fact very little as a result of all three summits‘ outcomes. In other, simpler words, nothing has or is due to change in the world politically – for now, at least.
A World Order or a Powder Keg?
After Yoshihiro Francis Fukuyama's famous prophecy of the end of history not finding its unipolar realisation following the collapse of the communist Eastern Bloc, the prevailing world order – which is increasingly falling into disorder – is not only facing a crisis of legitimacy, but is also increasingly coming into direct confrontation with new geo-political constellations and international institutions. Whether the US hegemony with its instruments (besides the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, NATO and the European Union) will succeed in repressively maintaining its status quo, or whether an international system will emerge that adequately reflects multipolar realities, is difficult to judge conclusively at present. However, it is largely undisputed that the former can be classified as conflict-prone in almost every case, and the latter is strongly dependent on the behaviour of the respective relevant actors.
Historically, the end of March marked the beginning of two key events that have left a lasting mark on the Balkan region and the people living there to this day. These two events should also, and above all, be seen as precedents which, in direct comparison with each other, show in all clarity how, on the one hand, the solidarity of European brother nations with each other can bring a seemingly overpowering external enemy to its knees, but, on the other hand, also how forced alliances initiated by enemy powers can divide the peoples of Europe and play into the hands of foreign actors.