Effect of War on Our Global Society

Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), November 10, 2001 | Go to article overview

Effect of War on Our Global Society


Byline: KATRINA TWEEDIE

GLOBALISATION was a remote concept until, with a speed and tragedy no one expected, a remote conflict exploded into all our lives.

The impact of events thousands of miles away in America were as shattering as if they had occurred next door.

Suddenly everyday life was fraught with risk and we needed a global social contract to ensure our future safety.

America's tragedy became the world's problem leading to an alliance of nations spanning the globe absolutely committed to fighting the war against terrorism.

But alliances are built up to contain problems like terrorism and ultimately avoid them becoming global, says Professor Hew Strachan, director of Scottish Centre of War Studies at Glasgow University. In future, wars may be less about one state fighting another for whatever reason, but a global battle to contain a problem caused by guerrillas or insurgencies.

He says: "What that means is that the profile of the armed forces will need to change dramatically. If you are not fighting a state and there are no set boundaries to target, armed forces are less important than special forces. …

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