Global Affairs

Momentous events shaped the beginning of the 21st century. September 11, 2001, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and Operation Iraqi Freedom created a new image for the United States as the sole superpower ready to punish totalitarian nation-states and nonstate actors like al Qaeda. Also, these cataclysmic events placed the U.S.A. as one of the main decision-makers regarding the socio-political destiny of the Middle East. Currently, the Arab Spring has created a new era of political uncertainty for the Middle East countries. Last but not least Iran threatens the region with nuclear holocaust.

In Europe the financial crisis of 2009, has challenged the existence of the welfare state and even shook the economic foundations of the European Union and its member states such as, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland. Also, the economic crisis allowed Germany to become the dominant economic power to influence the decision making of the EU and smaller nation-states such as Greece. It is unclear if the EU will survive under the umbrella of the Euro. One fact is certain, that modern Europe resembles Europe of 1870s.

In Asia proper, China wants to be the main economic player. China has divided the ocean to Near Seas, Middle Seas, Far Seas, and Far Oceans. Also, China claims a 200 nautical-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Under these divisions China builds the blue water navy. Obviously, U.S.A., India, China, and Russia will play the great powers game regarding the destiny of Asia.

South America and Latin America also have serious challenges emanating from countries like Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia which have left wing governments. In addition, the drug war in Mexico can potentialy draw American Special Forces operating in the Mexican proper. These regions are vital to American national interest since the Monroe Doctrine which was promulgated on December 2, 1823.

Africa has serious problems and challenges regarding economic and political development. U.S.A. and China compete for access to economic projects in the African continent. The rise on piracy in the Somali region creates a new era of asymmetrical warfare. Without a doubt the globe is full of political, economic, social, military challenges. Thus, international relations consultancy is imperative for a secure and stable global business environment and a stable global system.

Vassilios Damiras, Ph.D. (ABD)



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