Note from Publisher
11 Nov 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (WW I). The 4-year war is one of the deadliest wars on earth. While estimates of casualties for WW I vary to a great extent, ranging from a few mln to 100 mln deaths, including those who died indirectly from famine and diseases arising from the war. Despite its horrors, the Western industrialised countries and Japan entered another world war less than a quarter century after WW I ended, dragging all their poor colonies and China in as well.

Since World War II ended, the world has managed to avoid another world war for more than 70 years partly through the establishments of various multi-national organisations that provided the platform for discussions and dispute settlements based on prescribed rules. However, in recent years, there has been a rise in nationalism and polarization, especially in Trump’s America and increasingly Europe. With the US withdrawing from more and more international treaties and organisations, she is removing the all-important channels of communications among nations, thus increasing the chances that nations will settle disputes with force rather with talks.

Given the destructive weapons that have been developed, the human race may not survive the next world war.
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