"Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well..." Voltaire.
But at some point realism must be assumed, and once enacted, a picture of the state of unpredictability and instability with regards to world affairs should become clear.
Russian meddling in Ukraine threatens European and world security. Russian jets prowling off the coast of the United Kingdom(UK) adds to instability. The rise and actions of extremists and terrorists is ripe across the globe.
In Syria, Bashar al Assad still sits in power after gassing hundreds of Syrian children and thousands of other civilians to death. Assad's war is entering its fourth year having killed more than 200,000 people, and further thorns of instability have been sown on rumors that there might not be a concerted and major push for Assad to leave his throne in Damascus.
The Islamic State(IS) continues to wreck havoc upon civilization, yet it continues to lure many to its fallible cause because it resembles a viable alternative to the hypocrisy of some nation states and the impotency of the international community to bring relief to Syria's displaced people.
Divisions remain open in Iraq as Iran continues to debate and to negotiate its nuclear future. Israel-Palestine affairs remain unsettled as extremism rises in Egypt. Libya and Yemen remain hot beds of strife as Turkey begins to witness a reawakening of divisions.
Ebola could be controlled in western Africa but violence in Nigeria, Mali, Congo and around the horn of Africa threaten any steps to stability in Africa. In Latin America, Venezuela, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, Ecuador, Mexico and Brazil all have emerging issues.
In Asia, China continues to assert its might on smaller nations on the South China Sea. The people of Hong Kong hold out hopes to universal suffrage as Taiwan consolidates its nation strength against influence from the communists in Beijing. In Xinjiang province, China, the minority Uyghurs are restricted by Beijing and the latest restriction upon the sect that all cell phone and computer purchases be registered with authorities, opens the door to more possible strife. Thailand and Myanmar have major political and social issues on hand.
Hence, the rest of this year 2015, will demand engagement to ensure international peace and security in light of the fact that the thorns of instability have been so widely strewn. It is a complex task, but it is achievable.