International conflicts – University of Copenhagen

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Challenges facing society

International conflicts have a huge impact on the World’s growth and prosperity, and the possibilities of succeeding in creating stable and peaceful cooperation. Whereas conflicts during the first 45 years following the Second World War took place primarily in the context of the Cold War between the US and the USSR, the conflicts of recent years have been tied to many different sets of problems. These problems can pertain to things like the challenge to the value and security policies of the US and its Western allies (Iraq being an example), the collapse of existing authoritarian regimes (for instance Libya and Syria), and the superpowers’ staking claims in territories of interest (the Ukraine and Georgia being examples for Russia and the South China Sea for China).

Conflicts within states have come to make up an increasing part of the World’s conflicts over the past decades, and the international community’s commitment in the conflicts has also been increasing. This means that both the UN and an defence alliance like NATO, just as the EU and the formation of interim coalitions have become increasingly important.

More about the conflicts unfold in a context of global change.

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Academic contact for the interdisciplinary strength International Conflicts
Dean Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen
Faculty of Social Sciences


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