Europe: Ground zero of geopolitics in 20164 min read 06 Jan 2016, 09:44 PM IST
The distance between what Europe needs and what Europeans want is growing, and that gap could spell deep trouble in 2016
As we step into the new year, we face a world in which geopolitical and geo-economic risks are multiplying. Most of West Asia is ablaze, stoking speculation that a long Sunni-Shia war (like Europe’s Thirty Years’ War between Catholics and Protestants) could be at hand. China’s rise is fuelling a wide range of territorial disputes in Asia and challenging America’s strategic leadership in the region. And Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has apparently become a semi-frozen conflict, but one that could reignite at any time.