From Teale Harold, Editor-in-Chief
This past year has been a one of change. New leadership heads both China and Venezuela, and the United States finished a very long election. A new pope shepherds the over 1 billion faithful. The Arab Awakening continues to send shockwaves over the Middle East and throughout the world. Yet, many international political stories seem to be repeating, giving the world a sense of déjà vu. North Korea is testing bombs and threatening nuclear destruction yet again. Syria continues to burn. The European Union’s financial problems are far from settled.
As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, it is a time for reflection on how far the field has come and where it is going. Of course, nostalgia and forecasting could have led the issue to focus on many different areas. In the end, we decided to choose the one area of foreign affairs that has remained a constant: conflict. The crux of this issue is to determine in what form conflict has endured in international politics.
This issue covers a wide range of topics, such as the new tools used by some countries in the arena of war, the ever-increasing tension between Russia and Europe, how NGOs have brought their influence to the field of combat, and many more such articles from our imitable authors. These articles attempt, and succeed, to start a very important conversation: How has conflict changed in the 21st century and what does it mean for future diplomatic resolutions? This year, we have adopted a new slogan for our mission—a catalyst for diverse ideas—and the Whitehead Journal staff has worked hard to create an issue that reflects this mission statement. We hope that you find this issue full of new ideas, both to promote and to question.
The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations
Teale Harold, Editor-in-Chief
Kevin Bengyak, Deputy-Editor-in-Chief
Joshua Hastey, Deputy-Editor-in-Chief
Paul “Chip” Palamattam, Executive Editor
- Old Wine in New Bottles: The Nature of Conflict in the 21st by Ryan Grauer
- How Global Communications Are Changing the Character of War by Audrey Kurth Cronin
- Cyber Domain Conflict in the 21st Century by Frank J. Cilluffo and Sharon L. Cardash
- What Does Iran’s Cyber Capability Mean for Future Conflict? James P. Farwell and Darby Arakelian
- Limiting the Unintended Consequences of Unmanned Air System Proliferation by Dennis M. Gormley
- Towards A Consciousness of Inter-Nationality in Managing the Effects of Globalization and Enhancing Global Security by Avnita Lakhani
- Environment and Conflict: Security, Climate Change, and Commodity Resources by Shannon O’Lear and Adalric Tuten
- Congress’s Efforts to Defeat Kony and the Lord’s Resistence Army: NGO Activism, Terrorism, and Evangelism by Ryan C. Hendrickson
- The Return to Europe and the Rise of EU-Russian Ideological Differences by Maxime Larivé and Roger Kanet