2014 is witnessing a proliferation of violence, or at least its threat. That’s clear from the dissolving borders of Syria and Iraq to the ongoing genocide in the Central African Republic, and from East Ukraine to the South China Sea.
Exactly 100 years on, the temptation, perhaps, is to explain this expansion in international violence through comparisons to 1914. That would be wrong, because war today is itself fundamentally evolving in the face of the information revolution.
To think about contemporary conflict through the traditional concept of war is often to follow a path that risks leading national security policies into dead …read more