The US leadership needs to reconsider its relations with geopolitical competitors, China and Russia, putting “great power relations” before hegemonic ambitions. Whether one likes it or not, the US unipolar era has come to an end opening the door to a “world of great power balance,” former British intelligence chief noted. While US hawks are propagating a more assertive posture toward China and Russia, Sir Robert John Sawers, the former head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, is warning Washington against aggravating tensions with Moscow, Beijing.

“The first foreign policy priority of the next American president will be to work out how to avoid direct conflict with China or Russia. Both countries, in different ways, now challenge US dominance. War between the great powers is once again a possibility. For better or worse, we are returning to a world of great power balance,” Sawers emphasized in his op-ed for The Financial Times. READ MORE