US Global Influence Declines as Russia and China Gain Ground, UN Voting Analysis Shows
A recent UN voting analysis spanning three decades highlights the US global influence is losing international support to Russia and China, aligning with conflicts in Ukraine and China’s military expansion.
UN Voting Shows a Decline in US Global Influence
A recent analysis of United Nations voting patterns over three decades reveals that the US global influence is steadily losing international support to Russia and China. According to a published article in Newsweek, this comes at a time when the U.S. is at odds with these major nuclear-armed nations due to Russia’s Ukraine conflict and China’s military growth.
Russia and China, both UN Security Council veto-holders, consistently challenge US global influence since the Cold War.
According to the report, the study was led by Dmitriy Nurullayev and Mihaela Papa and they examined over 1,500 cases of disagreement between Russia, China, and the U.S. from 1991 to 2020. Shockingly, Russia and China’s viewpoints won 86% of the time, even in cases of U.S. national interest. China and Russia’s influence is reinforced by their membership in groups like BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
US Global Influence Adapts to Changing World Order
While NATO countries tend to align with the U.S., this unity has dwindled, particularly on Middle East matters. As authoritarianism grows, the US global influence faces a changing landscape.
Experts suggest a realistic approach: support Ukraine without direct involvement, cooperate with China to prevent escalations, strengthen domestic democracy, attract investments and talent, and build solid alliances for tackling global issues like climate change. Embracing a new role as an underdog may help navigate this evolving world.
In essence, the world order is evolving, and the United States must adjust its strategies and policies to effectively navigate this new landscape and maintain the US global influence.