Several powerful trends have aligned to profoundly change the way the world works. Technology allows stateless groups to organize, recruit and fund themselves in an unprecedented fashion. That, coupled with the extreme difficulty of finding and punishing a stateless group, means that such groups are positioned to be lead players on the world stage. They may act on their own or as proxies for nation-states that wish to duck responsibility. Either way, stateless groups are a force to be reckoned with.
Meanwhile, a different set of technology trends means that small numbers of people can obtain incredibly lethal power.
Throughout history, the lethality of weapons technology has inexorably increased.… Seguir leyendo »