1914 all over again? By Susanne Spröer. DW, January 9, 2014.
2014 and 1914: Two Ships. By Adam Gopnik. The New Yorker, January 6, 2014.
We think we can predict the future – though as physicist Niels Bohr noted years ago, prediction is very difficult, especially about the future. But in the first days of 2014 – a year that happens to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I – some of the coming conflicts and challenges are pretty clear. We will hear a lot about the Syrian civil war, the fate of the Iranian nuclear program, conflict in Iraq, the departure of U.S. forces from Afghanistan – not to speak of what applecart Vladimir Putin plans to upset next, whether the North Korean regime will implode, and whether China and its neighbors intensify their conflict over the rocky outcroppings they all want to own.