New Year’s Wishes!
By: Jon Brunberg | posted: 12/30/2012 3:49:42 PM
Many leading experts agree that there has been a decline in the number of armed conflicts and casualties of war in the world over the last two decades. Still, many wars continue to wreak havoc on civilian populations all over the world. According to The Uppsala Conflict Data Program there were 37 ongoing armed conflicts in the world in 2011 of which six reached the intensity of war (Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen).
Even if it is too early to asses the intensity of the armed conflicts of 2012 we will undoubtedly have to add the war in Syria and certainly the wars in the Kivu provinces of DR Congo and in Mali to the list of this year’s wars. Other armed conflicts that may reach that level of intensity during 2012 are the conflicts in Burma, Somalia, Libya, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq and Waziristan. One can only hope that many of these conflicts will be resolved in 2013 despite bleak prospects.
There will in any case be plenty of work for the Polynational War Memorial project in 2013. After a couple of years low-intensity work due to a series of other commitments the project will intensify its efforts to move forward with the ongoing design projects and the research into the memorials and conflicts of this world. You should, in other words, expect to hear more about the project in 2013 and I wish you all a Happy New Year!
Sincerely Jon Brunberg