Coup de Terre?

This year, we will see the 100 year anniversary of what I consider to be the single most important event in the history of planet Earth: World War I.

In this TED talk, Paddy Ashdown discusses history in relation to the changing nature of our world. Ashdown first discusses about a treaty-based system of governance by the world’s most powerful nations as opposed to a power shift to the UN. Though there are fewer nations today that would be considered “powerful” than there would have been (exactly) 100 years ago, this sort of treaty system described by Ashdown was one major cause of World War I. He sees the next major conflict between East and West as primarily focused around China and nations bordering the Pacific as opposed to Russia and its allies. But Ashdown also muses on how globalization has changed and will continue to change the face of global security. Overall, this is a fantastic talk from TEDx Brussels, and definitely an interesting look on the changing nature of our world – not a coup d’état, a coup de Terre.

-Alex

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