2016 will be marked by continued wars and conflicts

A woman holds her daughter's headA woman holds her daughter's head as they walk away after a blast near the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan January 13, 2016. Afghan security forces exchanged fire with gunmen barricaded in a house near the Pakistan consulate in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Wednesday after a suicide bomber blew himself up, officials said. REUTERS/Parwiz
2016 will be another year of war and conflicts with the danger of proliferation, Norwegian and international experts fear.
20 years after the Cold War, the number of wars and similar conflicts went down. There were fewer wars and fewer people were killed worldwide.
Five years ago, this positive trend was reversed. Every year since then, the world has seen more conflicts and more victims and more people displaced, writes the renowned International Crisis Group in a report published in early January.
ICG rattles off ten conflicts world leaders should have a special eye on. Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan and Yemen, are countries that are high up on the list. Moreover the conflict in the Lake Chad area and the South China Sea are stated as giving cause for alarm.
On the list of dangerous conflicts are also the influential and the well-functioning state Turkey, in addition to Libya. The conflict in Burundi can also get much worse, says the ICG, which is an independent, international organization that works to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.
Many of the conflicts involve extremist groups, who are difficult to negotiate with.
Source: NTB scanpix/ Norway Today

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