By Graham Vanbergen
– The mainstream media has a new in vogue phrase and you are sure to
have heard it by now – ‘the rules based international order (or
system)’. The Royal Institute of International Affairs based in London,
commonly known as Chatham House commented a several years ago that “Economic
and political upheavals are emboldening challengers to the rules-based
international system, and to the liberal Western values it embodies. To
stay relevant, the system must address three major flaws.”
For a system based on rules to have effect, these rules must be visibly observed by their principal and most powerful advocates.
A rules-based order must work to the advantage of the majority and not a minority.
The longevity of the current international system may have led to
the assumption that it was in some way the natural order of things,
requiring only occasional repair and defence against particular