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Reckoning With a New Authoritarian Bloc

One direct result of Vladimir Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine has been the emergence of a new authoritarian bloc comprising Russia and China, as well as North Korea, Iran, and others. As these relationships deepen, the world will move further down the path to outright bifurcation.

BERLIN – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to China – his first trip abroad since being “re-elected” – highlights an ongoing shift in the global order. A new alliance has emerged on the world’s largest continent, comprising China and Russia, as well as North Korea. This new authoritarian bloc, the direct result of Russia’s war of aggression against a smaller neighbor, represents a major geopolitical development that will have far-reaching consequences.