Capitalizing on Chaos
“From the fall of the Berlin Wall until 2014, the West and the international community were crucial pillars in settling international disputes. But it seems the old rules of international politics are re-emerging these days. As a result, something uncontrollable and incomprehensible is happening in the world, making the future far less predictable. A post-World War II state has been partitioned, and geopolitical influences are shifting. Chaos is becoming reality. Consider: Russia is taking leadership in the eastern Mediterranean; China is taking a more aggressive stance in the South China Sea and other areas, stressing the stability of the international order; the current social and political climate in the United States may cause Washington to focus more on domestic problems than international disputes; and finally, Europe is facing internal geopolitical perturbations from the immigration crisis, Brexit and Poland’s altered relationship with Brussels and other EU member states, such as Germany and France...”
Excerpt from Ridvan Bari Urcosta, “Capitalizing on Chaos,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 8, No. 3, 2017: 48-51.
Ridvan Bari Urcosta is a researcher at the Institute of International Relations at the University of Warsaw. He regularly contributes to American and European magazines as an expert on Russian-Turkish relations and Crimea. He is a native of Sebastopol, Ukraine.
This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.