What is it about?

After the universal acclaim of Western ideas and unopposed power at the end of the Cold War, an authoritarian project led by Russia has taken its place. The cause is that the United States left the cumbersome multilateral process of persuasion within the UN for unilateral power projection. The Western normative project and Western power can only reclaim its lost influence by resumption of the multilateral process.

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The decline of Western normative influence and power leads to dangerous impotence faced with threats to stability. Failed states enable extremists, terrorists and criminals, and cause mass migration. The threats arise out intractable conflicts in the wake of Western military interventions from Afghanistan to Libya. This article shows how the West can resume its lost position and shape developments.


The article describes my personal journey as a diplomat from the promises of the end of the Cold War in 1989 to the dangerous chaos in the Middle East today, By theories on cognitive and emotional construction of political reality I have found the cure for Western political impotence by applying a model for cognitive behavioral therapy. Competently designed, a diplomatic strategic discourse will be more effective than military interventions.

Torgeir E. Fjærtoft

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This page is a summary of: From the Fall of the Berlin Wall to the Fall of Aleppo. The Decline of Global Governance – and How to Restore it, Global Policy, September 2019, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.12736.
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