TROOPS AND EMPLOYEES - U.S. troops and employees of the Farah Directorate of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock board a CH-47 Chinook helicopter after a meeting in Lash-e Juwayn in Afghanistan's Farah province, Jan. 24, 2013. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Josh Ives
Will 2014 See A Repeat of 1914? -- James G. Wiles, American Thinker
Will 2014 see a repeat of 1914?
That's the provocative question asked in a penetrating essay by Oxford don Margaret MacMillan that is causing quite a stir around the world since it first appeared on the Brookings Institution's website on December 14.
Here's the question that Professor MacMillan addresses: does China's re-emergence as a dominant economy and world power for the first time since the 1400s threaten a new world war? MacMillan's conclusion?
Quite possibly. Even more startling, the lead editorial in the year-end double issue of The Economist reaches the same conclusion.
And foreign policy scholar Walter Russell Meade of Bard College addresses the same topic in his own online essay, entitled "The End of the End of History."