What “spark” or “trigger” will set the next war in motion? This question implies some peacetime crisis will escalate suddenly into armed strife that no one wants. There is no gainsaying that possibility—witness the brinksmanship during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, which brought the United States and Soviet Union to the verge of global nuclear war despite misgivings among decisionmakers in Washington and Moscow. Something similar could befall the world in the coming months or years.
Don’t Let China Conclude Its Opportunity Is ‘Now or Never’
Proceedings recently asked several frequent contributors how the next conflict might start. This essay is the latest in the series.
By James Holmes