Geopolitical relations are increasingly concentrating around the poles of accord and discord.
On the one hand, contemporary geopolitics sets priorities for collective action on global challenges – like global trade, climate change, terrorism, sustainable use of natural resources, and the UNDP Sustainable Development Goals. On the other hand, geopolitical rivalries are on the rise – from the Arctic to the coastal waters of Japan, in the Middle East, and across the former Soviet Union.
The United Nations will continue to play a pivotal role in coordinating the efforts of the world’s nations, for example, on climate change.
However, opposing political motives among the veto powers on the Security Council will prevent the UN from acting decisively on key security-related matters.