The world that the West built after Pearl Harbour is cracking
Not least because America is lukewarm about preserving it. The liberal global order that America and its allies built over decades is breaking down, in part because several American presidents have lost faith in some of its tenets, argues The Economist. But, there are also other echoes of the interwar years that are multiplying. "Nevertheless, for all America's lurches in policy, it remains an attractive ally, especially as China, Russia and Iran become more assertive. On the day your correspondent visited Pearl Harbour, a pair of British patrol vessels were moored alongside American destroyers as part of a new, semi-permanent deployment to the region. A Japanese submarine was sailing out of port, with its crew lined up topside in white ceremonial uniform. If America retains its dominance in the world, it will be in no small part thanks to its ability to rally former foes and old friends alike."
From The Economist