A large-scale world war has a great potential to break out even in the 21st century.
This idea was expressed by George Friedman, the founder of American intelligence company Stratfor in an interview with Business Insider.
The USA and Japan can unleash a large-scale conflict, he says. The expert believes that the situation can worsen dramatically because of the fundamental contradictions in the existing system of international relations.
"From 1815 to 1871 there were no wars between European states at all. And then the First World War began," Friedman states.
According to the analyst, the current transformation of international relations may also lead to a great war. "There has been no single century, which was free of systematic war – the war that shook the whole system of international relations. Are you ready to bet that there won’t be another war in this century? Then I'll take that bet." At the same time, Friedman mentioned the Seven Years' War of the 18th century, the Napoleonic Wars of the 19th century, and the world wars of the 20th century.
The founder of Stratfor thinks wars are still possible in Eastern Europe, in the Middle East and the Pacific Ocean. In particular, the first two wars can start due to the rapid development of Poland and Turkey, which may result in their conflict with Russia. In addition, the USA and Japan can probably begin a war in the Pacific. Friedman notes that the danger lies not in the process of development of this or that country, but in the instability that occurs due to the creation of new positions in the world.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also told about the possible scenario of the Third World War.