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Decline of the Big Five

Decline of the Big Five ALTHOUGH it is too early to say what their full implications for the future of world politics will be, it is quite clear that the momentous events of 1968 will lead to some structural changes in international society. It was in 1945 that the victorious powers of the Second World War gave to the world a system based on the concept of the predominance of five great powers. It is only in 1968 that events have raised the question of how far this system is based on a realistic assessment of the political, economic and military power of the Big Five. For, whether it was the US experiences in Vietnam or the Soviet suppression of Czechoslovakia, the youth upheaval in Paris or the withering away of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the monetary crisis in Europe or the domestic turmoil in United States, the reassertion of neo-Stalinist forces in Soviet Union or the British decision to withdraw from East of Suez, the one common lesson that all these events yielded is that the Big Five have lost the moral authority and the sheer physical power needed to guide and lead the rest of the world.

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