Terrorism Increased In 2014
New data from the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database shows that in 2014, more than 16,800 terrorist attacks took place worldwide, causing more than 43,500 deaths and more than 40,900 injuries, including perpetrator casualties. More than 11,800 people were taken hostage in terrorist attacks in 2014.
But the number of attacks was not spread evenly across the globe, according to the GTD. In fact, while an attack occurred in 99 different countries, nearly half of all attacks (47%) took place in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Likewise, more than half (60%) of all fatalities took place in Iraq, Nigeria, and Afghanistan.
Are The Olympics A Friend Or Foe Of Democracy?
In the Baltimore Sun, Bruno Kaufmann asks whether the Olympics and democracy can co-exist.
“In recent decades, the IOC itself has emerged as the main obstacle to hosting the games in open and democratic societies. The problem: The organization does not meet democratic norms of transparency. The 2022 Winter Games bidding process offers powerful proof of this,” he writes.
Switzerland last held the Olympics in 1948 and every year since seems to have cemented the Games as anti-democratic.
“Democratic participation in a country’s process of preparing and conducting the games has now become a red flag for the IOC. It does not matter if citizens are likely to vote to approve a bid; the transparency that comes with public scrutiny is not something the IOC wants to see,” he adds.
NATO Needs To Expand Its Alliances To Remain Strong
NATO remains a powerful force even in a dysfunctional world, but the key to keeping power is bringing new friends into its orbit, writes James Stavridis of Foreign Policy magazine.
“There’s not much point in signing up nations who just want to hang a NATO status badge on their uniforms. NATO needs partners who will take engagement with the alliance seriously, commit to real-world operations, and thus be capable of eventually making real contributions to regional and global security. Candidates don’t have to be perfect but they should have low levels of corruption, reasonably capable armed forces with some ability to deploy, and above all the political will to engage with NATO,” says Stavridis.