Public Session 3

The Return of Geopolitics: Rivalries and Re-alignments in the New Century

The geopolitical landscape has recently undergone a significant transformation, ushering in an era characterised by major shifts in global power dynamics. Traditional geopolitical frameworks are being challenged and reshaped by a confluence of factors ranging from the growing US-China rivalry, Russia’s War Against Ukraine, and the shifting political dynamics in the Middle East.

The rise of new global players, notably China’s ascendancy as a formidable economic and technological force, has introduced novel dimensions of competition and cooperation. Amidst this backdrop, non-traditional security challenges like cybersecurity threats and climate change are transcending geographical boundaries, underscoring the need for fresh modes of collaboration.

This session provides an in-depth analysis of the evolving global geopolitical landscape. Focusing on the dynamics of rivalries and re-alignments, the session examines the trends and challenges changing the 21st-century geopolitical order. The discussion will shed light on the implications of these changes for regional stability and explore opportunities for fostering alliances and cooperation to address the complex global challenges of the new century.

Discussion Themes

  • How are the changing dynamics of rivalries and re-alignments shaping the 21st-century geopolitical landscape?
  • How can nations effectively navigate the evolving geopolitical landscape characterized by emerging power dynamics? What collaborative strategies should be pursued to ensure regional stability and global cooperation?
  • What are the key trends and challenges emerging in the new century’s geopolitical order?
  • How can nations foster cooperation to address the complex global challenges amidst evolving rivalries and shifting power dynamics?