How effective is global cooperation in responding to challenges to world order?
Global cooperation can be very successful in responding to situations that threaten peace and security when sovereign states cooperate with the United Nations (UN), international treaties and international courts in addressing them. Unfortunately state sovereignty used selfishly can still wreck such efforts as seen in Syria and Ukraine in 2014.
Recent world order issues have demanded global cooperation to respond to resolve the international disputes, such as in the Russia/ Ukraine dispute 2014. Months of political instability in Ukraine have escalated into a major international crisis due to the massive protests over government corruption, police violence and unfavourable economic policies. A takeover by Russia was issued citing R2P and following a referendum to seek incorporation with Russia, Crimea was formally annexed. However for this vote to be legally effective it has to meet two criteria: a) the people are suffering egregious human rights abuses at the hands of the wider nation-state; b) the international community accepts the poll. None of these existed in Ukraine in 2014. See- OpinioJuris.org 8.4.2014 – “Self- Determination, Intervention and International Law”. Therefore Russia’s actions are serious and dangerous violations of international law of illegal use of force that violates the 1945 UN Charter (A (1), (2), (3)) and an example of an nation state not cooperating with international law and threatening peace security. It is also an example of the ineffectiveness of the UN 1945 Charter against state sovereignty as a legal response in world order.
The imposition of sanctions is a response to world order issues that can be used with global cooperation such as in the Ukraine dispute 2014. In response to Russia’s actions and violations of the 1945 UN Charter and the concerns of violation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons; the UN and European...