Is the Long Peace at an End?

And does it matter if it is?

Is the Long Peace at an End?
Photo by William Chockey (The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense visual information does not imply or constitute endorsement)

The Long Peace, a term coined by the eminent military historian John Lewis Gaddis to describe the absence of military conflict between the great powers since 1945, may be coming to an end.

While the US focuses on the potential for violent conflict with China over the independence of Taiwan, recent European efforts concerned themselves with the looming specter of an expansionist Russia.

A NATO official accused Russia of undermining peace efforts earlier this week, following the Eurasian nation’s amassing of an immense array of weaponry in the Arctic and a buildup of Russian troops on the eastern border of Ukraine, which corresponded with an uptick in violence in the ongoing War in Donbass.

Russia, for its part, did not stymie those fears, and instead threatened “additional measures” should NATO attempt to react to its buildup of forces on the periphery of Europe. The move sparked fears of an imminent invasion.

Everywhere, it seems, the stitched-up peace of the Post War era is unraveling.

But is the ending of this peace, this global liberal order, something to be unequivocally mourned?

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