Because of the need to protect the peace, wealthy nations have been reluctant to declare any country an enemy since the end of World War II. However, even in our contemporary period, there are still significant differences across nations.
In how nations see each other, religious ideals, cultural diversity, political allegiances, and competing economic interests all play a role.
Some of these battles seem to have no end in sight; others may be seen to be progressing apace.
Israel and Palestine
Even decades later, the conflict between Palestine and Israel shows no sign of improving. There have been prior efforts at bringing Israeli-Palestinian peace to fruition with the help of the United States.
Attempts to unify Fatah and Hamas, the dominant party of the Palestinian Authority, were thwarted when they merged.
The Israeli military and Hamas engaged in a military battle in Gaza in 2014, culminating in a heavy Israeli response. Before Egypt mediated a truce, 2,251 Palestinians and 73 Israelis had been slain.
Efforts to settle this issue have mostly failed. In May of 2021, fighting erupted between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants, resulting in many days of carnage.
Palestinian inhabitants of Sheikh Jarrah were ordered out of their homes after a court ruled in their favor. Unrest expanded to East Jerusalem, where both sides used non-lethal and fatal forces.
A total of 250 Palestinians were murdered, and another 2,000 were injured during the 11-day conflict. Thirteen Israelis were slain before Egyptian negotiators reached an agreement on May 21, 2021, to mediate a third peace accord with Israel.
Russia and Ukraine
Since the Ukrainian Revolution of 2014, Russia and Ukraine have had a tense relationship. More than 13,000 people have been killed due to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its backing of separatist organizations in Ukraine.
Russia escalated the situation by increasing its military presence along the Ukrainian border in 2021 and early 2022. Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation on February 24, 2022, to demilitarize and denazify Ukraine.
As a result, missiles and bombers targeted Ukraine shortly afterward.
The General Assembly of the United Nations promptly voiced their disapproval of the invasion. In addition to the United States, Germany and other nations put heavy sanctions on Russia, making it financially isolated.
For his part, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has been given money and weapons for citizens to defend themselves.
Several regions outside of Kyiv have surrendered to Russian assaults, despite Ukraine’s continuous resistance. Foreign observers and journalists have had difficulty verifying the number of deaths as the conflict has raged.
Estimates suggest that at least 64,151 Russian service members have been killed, and at least 107,663 have been injured throughout this war. An estimated 51,032 to 72,589 Ukrainian servicemen and civilians have died, with another 56,803 injured.
The United States of America and China
The ideological and political gulf between China and the United States has grown increasingly apparent in recent decades. In addition, the United States’ strategy is becoming more focused on China’s rivalry.
The Trump administration’s trade penalties and tariffs on China exacerbated tensions between the United States and China. After President Biden’s election, China voiced optimism for improved ties, but the Biden administration did not lift the sanctions or lower tariffs.
The U.S. has instead rallied allies to rethink their relations with China.
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Because they see it as an attack on their government’s legitimacy, the Chinese leadership has rejected American discourse about democracy and human rights. The country’s recent threats to Taiwan pose a new danger to the U.S.’s ability to defend itself.
Global supply chains are disrupted, and the impacts of decreased commerce with China are being felt as tensions between the two countries continue to rise.
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|United Arab Emirates||9441.1290|
|Republic of the Congo||5970.4240|
|Central African Republic||5579.1440|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||3233.5260|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1531.0440|
|Sao Tome and Principe||227.3800|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||103.9480|
|United States Virgin Islands||99.4650|
|Antigua and Barbuda||93.7630|
|Isle of Man||84.5190|
|Northern Mariana Islands||49.5510|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||47.6570|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||45.7030|
|British Virgin Islands||31.3050|
|Wallis and Futuna||11.5720|
|Saint Pierre and Miquelon||5.8620|
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