Ebola, ISIS Could Have Lasting Impact
Stephen Walt attempts to place the range of global crises – from Ebola and ISIS to Ukraine and separatist movements – in context. Taking a step back from the headlines, the Foreign Policy columnist contends that the same forces that unite the global community also divide it.
“On one side, we have the spread of markets, investment, supply chains, and the like, usually lumped under the term ‘globalization.’ … You might even toss in the global role of U.S. military power, which still undergirds security arrangements in many regions.
“But these unifying forces also encourage and reinforce powerful forms of local identity, some of them operating in strong opposition to the forces identified above,” he argues.
The Internet Inspires Radicalization, Not The Mosque
Robert Fisk makes his case for the position that the Internet is more responsible for the radicalization of Muslims than mosques.
He maintains that Internet chat rooms have become a “dangerous forum for people to let loose their most-disturbing characteristics” and that members of the print media and politicians “have grown so used to the narrative whereby a Muslim is ‘radicalised’ by a preacher at a mosque, and then sets off on jihad, that we do not realise that the laptop is playing this role.”
North Korean Leader Kim Makes Public Appearance
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared in public – using a cane for support – for the first time in months and seemed to end speculation which has been swirling for weeks, reports Fox News.
Interactive Guide To Global Conflicts
The Council on Foreign Relations features a useful interactive guide to U.S. conflict prevention priorities in 2014. It is based on the most recent Preventive Priorities Survey (PPS), which asked government officials, foreign policy experts, and academics to assess ongoing and potential conflicts based on their likelihood to occur in 2014 and their potential impact on U.S. interests