Seeds: In the past, there have always been pretty obvious signs that there will be great conflict: WWI was spurred into action by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The growth of fascism in Europe and Japanese military invasions in China led to the start of WWII. A great deal of what has been occurring recently somewhat echoes what started previous conflicts.
Core: Within the past week:
The Russian Ambassador to Turkey was killed by a gunman who shouted “Do not forget Aleppo!” Right after Syria’s Assad regime (who Russia supports) tried to retake rebel-held Aleppo by bombing, negating a ceasefire and injuring and killing hundreds more people.
A truck plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 and wounding 48, and ISIS claimed the attack.
A man entered a mosque in Zurich and opened fire, wounding 3 people.
China seized an unmanned U.S. navy vehicle near the Philippines, returning it days later after discussion.
Leaves: Between the fall of ISIS and their final attempts to gain recognition, the Assad regime's continued onslaught against its own people, and the rise of more right-wing movements that have incited some conflict, tensions are mounting.
Food For Thought: If these are the conflicts within the past week, what kinds of tensions do you think have been mounting in the last year or two? Can you think of other serious international conflicts we left out?
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