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Today Is More Dangerous Than The World Of 1914
Many political analysts have drawn a comparison between events today and those leading up to World War I. While not taking issue with that comparison, Dominique Moisi, Senior Adviser at The French Institute for International Affairs (IFRI) and a professor at L’Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), argues that today actually is more dangerous than in 1914.

For one, there were no nuclear weapons in 1914. And, secondly, World War I was not truly global, unlike today where the real risks lie outside Europe.

Moisi says that outside of Europe, there exists no framework for peace so the world’s growing angst is entirely appropriate.

“A jihadist state has emerged in the Middle East. Asian countries have begun creating artificial islands, following China’s example, in the South China Sea, to strengthen their territorial claims there. And Russian President Vladimir Putin is overtly pursuing anachronistic imperial ambitions. These developments should serve as a warning that the world cannot avoid the truth and avert disaster at the same time,” he writes.

Global Jihad Coming Onto China’s Shores
For decades China was able to retain an arm’s length between itself and the global community, but that is changing on multiple fronts. The most critical front relates to national security because it would appear that Chinese extremists are becoming increasingly involved in international operations.

Not only has technology and new media challenged the communist government’s ability to keep the forces of capitalism away from its citizens, but even more nefarious influences are infiltrating mainland China. And that is raising concerns in China.

“Accordingly, the growing internationalization of Chinese terrorist groups is a major concern for Beijing. The primary worry is that Chinese militants fighting in Syria or training in Pakistan will eventually return to China better equipped to carry out attacks and spread religious extremism. Global Times underlined this danger in its 2012 report on Chinese jihadist activities in Syria. As noted above, interactions with other groups have also helped TIP become more sophisticated in its recruiting methods,” Shannon Tiezzi notes in The Diplomat.

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