The UN was founded in 1945 with a primary mandate: ‘to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war’. It attempted to envisage what security challenges the world would face in the future, but in so imagining, drew heavily on the recent experiences of two world wars between enemy states. But this was all before the nuclear age, before ideological warfare between communism and capitalism, before modern terrorism, and before televised famine. Today’s security concerns are not of Germany invading France, but of a fruit seller in Tunisia immolating himself and igniting an uprising through social media.
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