Over the past 15 years the world has changed dramatically. When George W. Bush was elected as the president of the United States in 2000, the only concern Washington had was the regime of Saddam of Hussein in Iraq, the article, translated into English by the website Whattheysayaboutusa.com, said.
Since then things have dramatically changed. Now we have open rivalries between the three great powers — the United States, Russia and China — and the ongoing crisis in the Middle East as a result of the Iraq War, the Arab Spring and the rise of Daesh (Islamic State), El Pais said.
"A multipolar world had become a true possibility — if only international organizations would acknowledge it," the article said, referring to the fact that Western-led international organizations, such as the G-20 and the IMF, refuse to fully recognize the power of new emerging economies.
Currently, Washington has to take seriously Moscow and its role in Syria. Recent events regarding peace negotiations in Syria speak for themselves: Moscow has significantly decreased the military might of Daesh with its airstrikes and has also played a leading role in finding a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis with the successful passing of a UN resolution on Syria.
At the same time, rising tensions in the South China Sea show that the United States is no longer the sole hegemon in the Asia Pacific region either. Many see China's demands for its sovereignty in the region as the declaration of its power in the area, but there isn't much the United States can do about this, El Pais said.
It's time for Washington to wake up and realize we are about to enter in 2016. More cooperation from great powers is desperately needed to ensure the stability of the whole world.