-
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Recent Posts

Voter Suppression 2020 - Defining American Democracy in the Term of Donald Trump
Deepest Sorrow to the Loved Ones of those Killed by COVID-19
Recklessness - the Trump Photo-Op and the Spread of COVID-19 at the White House
The Pandemic and the United States President - Crossing Fate
Stirring up Trouble Without the Capacity to Contain It - the Trump Division

Most Popular Posts

Mourn with Moore
On Partnerships of Conflicting Ideologies as a Force Shaping Extremism
DC Linktank
The World in 2014 - Asia
From This Point

Categories

Elections 2013
Friends in Business
Gun control
Immigration Reform
In America
Natural Disaster
test
The World
Towards 2014

Archives

October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013

powered by

My Blog

On the Geopolitical and Extremist Threats of 2015

January is barely at the half-way mark, and already, 2015 appears ripe to witness a continuation, or in some cases, an escalation, of the said events and more of 2014. 

As Canada ended 2014 with its historical peaceful security rattled by extremist terror events, France has entered 2015 having its unique French ardor betrayed by extremists who wrecked havoc upon the tranquility of Paris for three days in January. 

Farther into Europe, Ukraine's sovereignty remains questionable in light of  pro-Russian agitation in the east against a background of renewed Russian meddling, which threatens a fragile-often violated cease-fire that could result in full scale war at anytime. Lithuania has started to educate its citizens on how to survive an attack out of fear of Russian meddling.

In Asia, China's aggressiveness to claim most of the South China Sea despite legitimate claims by its neighbors, has continued into 2015 with a potential to spark instability at one miss-step by one actor or another. 

The Islamic State(IS) has continued its spread of violence in the Levant as Bashar al Assad maintains his reign of terror in Syria. Israeli and Palestinian relations remain strained and in Egypt, militants are calling for Jihad within the land of the Pyramids. Libya stands in the balance and in Turkey, the destiny of the home of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, remains clouded.

Given these current affairs, it should come as no surprise that yesterday's report by the World Economic Forum(WEF), names geopolitical issues as the biggest threat to global stability in the coming decade. 

As reported by the Associated Press(AP), the WEF in its 2015 Global Risks Report, warned that "interstate conflict with regional consequences" as the top risk facing the world. Behind this threat, the WEF also named extreme weather, the spread of infectious diseases, climate change and high youth unemployment as other instability threats.

WEF's lead economist, Margareta Drzeniek-Hanouz observed and warned: "Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world again faces the risk of major conflict between states."  She said the means to wage such conflict are broader than ever whether through cyberattack, competition for resources or sanctions and other economic tools. "Addressing all these possible triggers and seeking to return the world to a path of partnership, rather than competition, should be a priority for leaders as we enter 2015," the AP attributed to the economist.

But before addressing the affairs of 2015, the matters of 2014 and prior years need to be put to bed: the Syrian war must be concluded; extremism has to be expunged; the aspirations of Ukraine must be respected; the sovereignty of the Philippines and smaller nations on the South China Sea must be recognized by China. And only then could any real partnerships be established toward global stability.