In a multipolar world, it is not the strongest who will survive, but those who know how to adapt best (reedition
14 February 2023
On the one hand, it seems necessary to make the positions and strategies that were valid in the previous situation more flexible in order to reposition itself according to the new rules of the game. [...] Two years ago now, at the end of 2020, we published in this forum of the Spanish Institute for Strategic Studies an analysis in which, under the suggestive title of "Save Private West: the decline of the West"1, we highlighted the difficulties currently faced by the international order based on rules, an expression of the preponderance of the model of global governance according to Western paramet. [...] The former, still suffering from a long-standing strategic disorientation in search of its raison d'être following the demise of the USSR; and the EU, stunned by the exit of the UK and internal disagreements over how to deal with the security challenges posed by unsettled border territories from the Sahel to its eastern flank, via the Mediterranean basin. [...] One of its main signatories, the Soviet Union, no longer exists; the geopolitical balance has shifted substantially with the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the enlargement of the Atlantic Alliance; and if there was even the slightest hope of salvaging the means of some kind of cooperation with Russia, it was dashed with the invasion of Ukraine. [...] The challenge posed by the consequences of the war for cohesion and for the integrity of the European project highlights the obsolescence of the decision-making system in the Union's institutions.