Editorial – A strange bipolar world? – As previously suggested (see the Weekly 142, 143 & 145), the crisis in Ukraine seems to be accelerating some of the profound transformations that are globally at work, as consequences spread to Asia, and as doubts are being cast about the U.S. real commitment to, interest or capabilities in the region. Yet, and interestingly, the rhetoric against Russia from “the West” is strong and quite unanimously spread across (Western) media. As other noteworthy changes happen according to their own specific domestic and regional dynamics, such as the possibility to see Israel forging new ties with Arab states, we may wonder if the return to a Cold War type of discourse is not actually participating in the acceleration of change. In other words, in a world that has evolved and that is complex, insisting on coming back to a dualistic, black and white, bipolar world view, where furthermore mainly elite politics tends to be considered when the Arab Spring has shown otherwise, could be counter-productive…. unless it indeed manages to create the conditions for a new strange bipolarity, each pole being actually more or less multipolar, until new events again change the configuration?

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