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Preventing violent conflict at an early stage has never been a priority for the international community, it is now almost a truism that to prevent a conflict is far wiser and less costly in human and material terms than to try to control it or, when that fails, to deal with the consequences.) The region that I call the "Arc of Crisis" is plagued with a score of raging and potential disputes belying a broad range of causes of conflict. At present, the Region does not have any mechanism for conflict avoidance, prevention or resolution. The international fight against terrorism should be inducted within a comprehensive vision of the Region. We should not only move against terrorism, but also work for a new international humanitarian order. The international community should place fighting terrorism as its top priority, and should realise that it can only be tackled by a coordinated world effort which supports regional efforts, the "Arc of Crisis" being the most obvious and urgent of these.


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Foreword Following the violent dissolution of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, there had been a shared sense of hope for a more peaceful future for the European continent. Unfortunately, this comfortability disappeared after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops to march against the Ukrainian forces throughout the border on 24 February 2022. This marked a turning point not only for the...
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