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The impeding gargantuam wave of decolonization

Rivista di Studi Politici Internazionali. 2018. Vol. 85. No. 2. P. 235-248.
Entin M., Entina E.

After the collapse of the bipolar world order, politicians and experts almost everywhere wiped the
slate clean, leaving many political and socioeconomic theories behind. Decolonization as a
dominant global development trend was among them. This happened partly because the global
balance of power had changed drastically and partly because the prevailing political concepts and
narratives had become universal for a short time, but mainly because this benefitted the political
establishment in the United States and former colonial powers. They proclaimed the process of
decolonization completed and referred to it as a past era. In reality, however, only two of its stages
- attainment of formal political independence and sovereignty over natural resources - became
history. Actual decolonization came with the third stage when China and a large group of rapidly
developing economies had turned into the world’s manufacturing and assembly factories. This
process was bolstered up and further spurred by the emancipation of Russia which had reemerged
as one of the leading global players. Coming up is the next, and final, stage of actual
decolonization. Its purpose is to acquire technological and financial independence and ability to
parry military power or threat of force whatever its origin. There are many factors, objective and
subjective, that get in the way. These include political destabilization and pressure, redirection of
financial flows, sanctions, wars, etc.. But they will not have a critical impact if they are countered
cleverly and all constructive forces around the world pool their efforts towards cooperation. With
such an understanding of global processes, ongoing worldwide transformations no longer look
like unpredictable and tragic chaotization of international relations but are being taken for what
they actually are: the struggle for complete decolonization of the parts of the planet that used to be
dependent territories.