The post-Cold War world order is “coming apart at the seams,” with a limited number of countries no longer able to act according to their own interests while disregarding “international moral code and law,” Russian analyst Timofei Bordachev wrote for Lenta.ru. Bordachev, who heads the Center for European and International Studies at the HSE, called this the key trend that will shape the future world order. He also added that it has been exposed by the Syrian crisis.

The situation around the embattled Arab country “has clearly returned us to the era of great powers’ rivalry,” he said, adding that NATO members, Gulf monarchies, Russia, Iran and China have to a different extent been embroiled in this conflict. These countries have split into camps, or, as Bordachev called them, “support teams.” De jure Russia, China and Iran “are not fighting for Syria against the United States and their allies in Europe and the Gulf,” he observed. READ MORE