December 16, 2017 – FRN –
US Defense and National Security Specialist, Professor Robert Farley has named the five countries and regions that in 2018 can unleash the Third World War.
In the first place is the DPRK because of its development of ballistic missiles. In the event of war, Japan and China will immediately be drawn into it. He also notes that the administration of US President Donald Trump has made the situation on the Korean peninsula the most serious foreign policy crisis in the world today.
The second place is Taiwan. He notes that China has stepped up its military presence in the region, despite US protests, which in turn increase arms supplies to the island.
The third place is the Ukraine. According to Farley, the situation there remains tense due to permanent ceasefire violations in the south-east of the country. In addition, the story around Mikhail Saakashvili and protests in Kiev indicate the instability of the current government. The worst consequence of its collapse may be the victory of the ultra-right forces, which will further inflame the conflict in the Donbass, and a full-fledged war between Russia and the West, the professor notes.
Turkey took fourth place and in general on the southern flank of NATO. In his view, the separation of Ankara from the EU and the US and the rapprochement with Russia lead to a significant change in the balance of power in the region. This, in turn, will affect the situation in Syria, Iraq, Iran, the Balkans and the Caucasus.
In the last place are possible hotbeds of war in the Persian Gulf. The actions of Saudi Arabia, which openly announced the possibility of creating a military and diplomatic coalition against Iran and the possibility of including Israel. The region is a zone of Russia’s interests, he pointed out.
In general, according to Farley, in 2017 the tension of all world conflict zones has increased noticeably. The only exception is the situation in Syria.
Inessa Sinchougova is an Editor and Journalist at Fort Russ News, as well as a research fellow and translator of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. She was educated at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), in the field of Political Science and was previously employed in Marketing and Communications Strategy for a Multi-National Corporation. She runs a popular YouTube channel for translations of key Russian Foreign Policy figures and appears regularly on other alternative media channels. If you like her work, you can support her Patreon here.