The last half century has suffered its share of crises, from Vietnam to Rwanda to Syria and from Congo to Afghanistan. Cold war is history and the unipolar world is slowly giving way to a multipolar world order. Asian century is no longer a pipe dream and rising India and China are the new normals-termed in fact, as a disruptive factor at the recently concluded Raisina Dialogue in Delhi. The vision of a cooperative international order that emerged after World War II has structured relations between major and emerging powers and has led to globalisation after the cold war got over. Countries may wish to turn inward, but there is no peace and prosperity without more cooperative management of world affairs.
However, the sharp uptick in conflicts over recent years is outstripping our ability to cope with the consequences. From the refugee crisis to the spread of terror, our collective failure to resolve conflict is giving rise to new threats and crises. Even in relatively peaceful regions, the specter of fear is leading to dangerous polarisation and jingoism. As the world gets increasingly fluid and multipolar, pushed and pulled by states and nonstate actors, space for mischief is increasing. In a bottom-up world, major powers cannot single-handedly control local conflicts, but they can manipulate or be drawn into them, as witnessed in 2017. Our cover story in the first issue of the year reviews conflicts during 2017 and gives a clear message- fighting terror cannot be the sole strategy for a peaceful and progressive world order.
Our feature on J&K by General Ata Hasnain is yet another masterpiece with in-depth analysis of the situation on J&K and its prognosis. With ASEAN finding prominence in the subcontinent, a feature on IONS by Admiral Chauhan is relevant and timely. Our readers will also find an update on PM Netanyahu’s recent visit to India to bolster the bilateral ties. With stories on Future of Aerospace and AI and many more, this issue promises to be wholesome and informative.