Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, so goes a proverbial saying, suggesting that a person's sense of morals and ethics diminishes with the increase of power.
The world has witnessed the same idea played out on a global scale for decades, where the U.S. kept gaining power ever since the end of World War II – and more so after the collapse of the Soviet Union marking the end of the Cold War that left the U.S. as the sole superpower – and exercised its global domination with impunity and in total disregard of the principles of international cooperation.
While most of the world, particularly the emerging powers and the Global South, crave a multipolar order that would be more equitable in addressing global challenges, the U.S. and its handful of Western allies aim to perpetuate its hegemony. Despite its global clout in decline for some years now, the U.S.-led West continues to cause disruptions through political, economic, and military actions against emerging powers they see as a threat to their unfettered domination of the global governance institutions.
On one hand, the idea is already facing massive resistance from multilateral platforms such as the BRICS group of emerging powers comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). On the other, a large number of nations representing the Global South are also increasingly calling out the continuing exploitative domination of the U.S.-led West, despite the end of colonialism.
It doesn't take a genius to see that the Western agenda of maintaining global supremacy is doomed to fail and that a multipolar world order not only is already in the making but is in the interest of the wider global community.
The perpetuation of the U.S. hegemony doesn't have much support beyond the Five Eyes alliance and a few Western allies for the moment. But in due course, most of the U.S.'s Western, and even Asian, allies are likely to realize that their interests aren't served better in siding with a hegemon as its junior partners but in having an equal say in the emerging multipolar world.
In fact, a multipolar world is the need of the time, to deal with the global challenges threatening humanity.
"It is a multipolar world built on international law, on fairer relations, that opens up new opportunities to combat common threats. Among them are regional conflicts and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and cybercrime," as the Russian President summed it up. "All these challenges are global in nature, and they cannot be overcome without combining the efforts and potentials of all states."