What to Worry About in 2016

What to Worry About in 2016

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from Center for Preventive Action and Preventive Priorities Survey

With war and humanitarian crises embroiling the Middle East and parts of Africa, the new year presents challenges for conflict prevention, mitigation, and response. Three leading conflict experts discussed potential and ongoing crises that may erupt or escalate in 2016, as well as their global political and economic implications. In keeping with the core mission of the Center for Preventive Action, this meeting evaluated the most worrisome sources of instability and conflict in 2016. The speakers discussed their respective organizations’ assessment of risks and potential crises for the new year.

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Venezuela

In addition to a sharp economic downturn, Venezuela faces a humanitarian crisis. The United States can do little to prevent a downward spiral, but it should take measures to mitigate the political, economic, and humanitarian consequences of a potential mass emigration.

North Korea

The U.S. military is prepared for a number of contingencies with regard to North Korea, but the best path forward is diplomacy aimed at denuclearization.

Italy

Italy’s elections will shape the country’s response to economic stagnation, migration woes, and European integration, with repercussions across the continent.