Conflict is again on the rise after a major decrease following the end of the Cold War. Today’s wars kill and displace more people, and are harder to end than in years past. these are the top 10 conflicts to watch according to foreignpolicy.com :
1 Syria, Iraq, and the Islamic State 2. Ukraine 3. South Sudan 4. Nigeria 5. Somalia 6. Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 7. Afghanistan 8. Yemen 9. Libya and the Sahel 10. Venezuela
The picture that emerges from this survey of conflicts is grim. There is, however, one glimmer of hope — the increasing fragmentation of the world also means that there is no overarching divide. Even if the deepening crisis between Russia and the West is unsettling Europe, the last remnants of the Cold War are disappearing as Cuba and the United States normalize their relations. Many conflicts can now be dealt with on their own merits, and the growing role of regional powers — while adding complexity and, in some cases, new antagonisms — also creates opportunities for more creative diplomacy. foreignpolicy.com
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photographer Daniel Berehulak visting Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Centre (ITFC) wards, at the Bost Hospital, a Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) assisted hospital in Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
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COLOMBIA – NOVEMBER 2007: A father displays the body of his dead son in his arms. Fighting in the area meant that the child could not be evacuated from the village for medical treatment, so died of hunger and diarrhea. The presence of the different active armed groups within local communities is one of the main reasons for the displacement of civilians. (Photo by Alvaro Ybarra Zavala/Edit by Getty Images)
March 18, 2013. Elderly Pakistan, Gul Nabi, 70, sits on a roadside near his home with his granddaughter Shailala, a year and a half, sleeping on his lap, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday. Gul Nabi and nine members of his family fled Pakistan’s tribal area of Bajur in 2009, due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, and took refuge in Islamabad. by Muhammed Muheisen
Members of Mali’s military gathered at Bamako Thursday. Five African presidents seeking to restore Mali’s elected government were forced to make a U-turn and head to Ivory Coast to hold their meeting, after demonstrators supporting the junta took over the tarmac. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)
By Feisal Omar and Mohamed Ahmed
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – An unidentified fighter jet bombed the outskirts of a Somali rebel-controlled village in the south of the Horn of Africa country on Tuesday, killing at least one civilian, residents and members of the al Shabaab militant group said.
Members of al Shabaab, al Qaeda-linked insurgents, distribute relief to famine-stricken internally displaced people at Ala Yaasir camp at Km50 out of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu September 3, 2011.
Credit: Reuters/Feisal Omar
By Katy Migiro
Mon Sep 5, 2011 3:23pm BST
NAIROBI, Sept 5 (AlertNet) – Famine has spread to six out of eight regions in southern Somalia, with 750,000 people facing imminent starvation, the United Nations said on Monday, and hundreds of people are dying each day despite a ramping up of aid relief.
Major financial costs to the international community since 1991.
Total: $55.3 billion, consisting of:
– Humanitarian and development aid – $13 billion
– Remittances – $11.2 billion
– Peacekeeping, military responses/aid, counter-terror and diplomacy – $7.3 billion
– Piracy – $22 billion
– International crime and illicit financial flows – $2 billion