Stasis and Change: Russia and the Emergence of an Anti-hegemonic World Order

  • Richard SakwaEmail author


This chapter argues that after a quarter century of stasis, the pattern of world order is changing and the inter-cold war period of the cold peace is giving way not to a thaw, but to the re-entrenchment of bipolar confrontation between the expansive liberal international order and the resistance of a group of states, including Russia. Like the First Cold War, the second is also about the conflicting views of world order as the US-led liberal international order is challenged by the emergence of a putative anti-hegemonic alignment between Russia, China and their allies in the emerging alternative architecture of world affairs—especially the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa). The clash between Russia and the West, in this sense, is only an early version—and ultimately perhaps not the most significant—of the challenges against the long-term stasis in international affairs.


Russia-West relations Stasis Anti-hegemonic world order Second Cold War Neo-revisionism 


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  1. 1.University of KentCanterburyUK

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