Letter from the Editor
The Post-Cold War optimism was never so utopian as to predict a world without conflict, but it did surmise that more peaceful days were on the horizon. That optimism has faded as the Unipolar moment has disappeared to reveal the new reality of a multipolar world. Conflict, in its many forms, physical, cultural, economic, remains ubiquitous throughout the international system.
Conflict both within and between nations shapes the international agenda. Everything from Russian aggression in Eastern Europe to the multifactional war in Syria are the defining events of our time. The conflictual flashpoints that this issue intends to explore, shape the international system in our changing world.
In this, our 19th volume, we attempt to shed light on these flashpoints. Rodger Kanet and Charles Zielger explore Russian revanchism in Eastern Europe. Julia Buxton covers the preeminent flashpoint in Latin America, Venezuela. Dr. Buxton discusses and provides a framework on how the confrontation between Venezuela, its neighbors, and the West can be managed. Michael Gunter shifts our focus to transnational issues by discussing the paradoxical struggle for an independent Kurdistan with the continued disunity of different Kurdish factions. Finally, Ramon Pacheco Pardo tackles perhaps the most pressing flashpoint for conflict in the world today, the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Dr. Pardo discusses a series of policy proposals he believes would be conducive to deescalating tensions.
The Journal of Diplomacy is also proud to publish an interview with Former Cypriot President George Vasiliou. Mr. Vasiliou, who guided Cyprus towards integration with the European Union, discusses with the Journal the origins and future of the “Cyprus Problem” bringing into focus for our readers the frozen conflicts that exist around the world.
We hope you enjoy this issue, and that it may help you better understand the conflicts that are coming to define our time.
Dennis T. Meaney