n Conflict Trends - Editorial

Volume 2008, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


August 2008 marks a turning point in our evolving world order. On 8 August, China introduced itself as the new power to be reckoned with on the world stage at the opening of the Beijing Olympics. At the same time, Georgia staged an attack on the small separatist state of South Ossetia, prompting a military response from Russia. These two events - the opening of the Beijing Olympics and Russia's military response directed at Georgia - have once again indicated the shifting global power balance from a unipolar world order, following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, to an emerging multipolar world order. At the centre of these developments is the issue of energy. The United States, China and Russia, as consumers and producers of energy, have all had their power shaped in one way or the other by energy security.

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