With the Chinese modernizing it’s military and pushing out into the East China Sea, asserting it’s dominance over nearby islands, and alienating most of it’s neighbors, there is a growing threat in the Far East. A threat that threatens to suck the US into a war. Already we have committed to the “Far East Pivot” in order to protect our interests and ally’s in the region. Any fight that sucks the US in against China would most surely prompt North Korea to provoke a fight with South Korean, automatically opening a second front to the theater of war… And a bloody fight that would last years.
In recent events Putin has begun to retake Ukraine in order to begin the construction of his “Eurasian Union”. Crimea fell without a fight, and Eastern Ukraine has voted as of today for “independence” which I can only assume will result in Putin pushing to annex the area, making it apart of Russia. And with no action coming from Kiev, NATO, the US, or the EU, Putin will surely push all the way to Moldova. There are already signs of “unrest” in Southern Ukraine. More concerning are members of NATO that have large numbers of ethnic Russian populations like Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. What happens when Russia begins to interfere in these countries… Will NATO go to war with Putin…
And in the Middle East where the US and NATO are winding down it’s war in Afghanistan, Islamic Extremism is stronger now than it ever was prior to 9/11. And it only bound to get worse with the war in Syria, the re-insurgency in Iraq, and the Taliban that is massing in large numbers in Pakistan waiting for the last NATO troops to withdrawal from the battlefields in Afghanistan. The Israeli/ Palestinian peace process is dead as of a few weeks ago. The governments in the Middle East are no longer Western backed, and the only thing that they can agree on is the destruction of the state of Israel.
With all of these hot spots across the globe, hotspots that are bound to ignite sooner rather than later, it seems impossible to avoid a conflict in the next 50 years.