There has been a lot of New World Order news coming out in the past couple weeks. Just two weeks ago, Henry Kissinger had written an open-ed piece on the Assembly of a New World Order in the Wall Street Journal; and the following week, Hillary Clinton had wrote a rebuttal called Hillary Clinton reviews Henry Kissinger’s ‘World Order’ in the Washington Post. Now this week, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is warning that the “new world order is emerging”, and that “Iran will have a strong role in creating” it.

Ayatollah Khamenei urges Iran to prepare for ‘new world order’

In a meeting with the Assembly of Experts, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the world is entering a “new order” as the West’s influence wanes and that officials in the Islamic Republic need to be aware of the changes and prepare to play a role in the new context.

After World War II, Western countries took over the management of the world, especially in countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America, said Ayatollah Khamenei. They did this by promoting a specific type of cultural values and using military and political might. Khamenei said that both of these types of power have been challenged and are now uncertain.

Ayatollah Khamenei said that this “order was in the process of change,” and “When the world is changing, when global order is changing and a new order is being formed, naturally we have a more important duty.”

The first thing to be done is to understand the new world order correctly, Khamenei said. “The power of the West on their two foundations — values and thoughts and the political and military — have become shaky. We have to understand this” rather than submitting to the idea of Western superiority.

The second task is “to prepare ourselves to play a role in this new order.” He said that Iran needs to use all of its capabilities, both inside and outside the country. Externally, he said, Iran has strategic depth and interests via Islam, language and Shiism.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that Iran has influence in Asia and Latin America, and that officials should focus on science, the economy and culture.

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