KILIÇ BUĞRA KANAT
The recent developments in different parts of the world demonstrate an emerging, rather unstable international system that can generate serious political and security risks for the future. Indeed, there has not been a period of complete peace and stability in human history, but the extent of incidents taking place in a very short period of time show that the unfolding of the existing international system could be more challenging, given the increasing destructive capabilities of states and non-state actors.
Besides, the fact that several crises are taking place in different parts of the world at the same time is preventing the international community from paying sufficient attention to each of these crises. The trade war between the world’s two largest economies has taken over the story nowadays. China and the U.S. are engaged in an economic confrontation that could easily spill over into the coming years. When U.S. President Bill Clinton lauded China’s economic rise and its membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO), he considered this an opportunity for the emergence of a strong partner for the U.S. A little more than two decades later, today, U.S. President Donald Trump considers the rise of China the most significant threat to U.S. national interests and the wellbeing of Americans.