a world turned upside down

Surely the last 20 years since 9-11 have seen a world turned upside down by events that upset an entire world order. 

It is not just the added security inside airports, which seem to be the least inconvenient of necessary changes. The mood of world politics has been marked by the rise in Islamophobic, the effects of marginalisation on immigrant populations, the inequalities in global development, and the effects of American military expansionism. Today we witness a sea-change: it is the U.S. that appears in retreat, while regional powers like Turkey and Russia jostle for greater influence in and around the Middle East, and China extends its soft power and economic might with its Silk Road diplomacy in Central Asia. 

The so-called “war on terror” became a flimsy excuse for war and reconstruction economics inside Iraq, but the effects of the American and British invasions are felt today. Gone are Osama Bin Laden and Saddam…

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