The word ‘conflict’ can be applied to almost anything: from a tiff on the football field to World War II. In The World in Conflict, John Andrews applies the term to those differences of opinion – between nations, individuals, or political movements – that trigger lethal violence. Up to now in the twenty-first century, the United States and her allies invaded Iraq and Afghanistan; Russia declared war on Georgia; France and Britain joined forces to overthrow the Libyan government, which subsequently collapsed into fratricidal anarchy; the brutal Islamic State emerged in the Middle East; and a constant competition for precious minerals has caused (and financed) wars and massacres in Asia. Other conflicts are less bloody, but remain dangerous, such as the standoff between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, or the stalemate between North and South Korea. In the Pacific, territorial and maritime disputes entangle China, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Brunei, and no one is certain that current disputes will not lead to armed conflict. The number of simmering or violent conflicts in the world remains high. In this book, John Andrews broadly today’s ongoing and potential conflicts, region by region. The World in Conflict will appeal readers who want an initial impression of the flashpoints that affect every region of the world.
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