Europe and Asia, taken together, are the heart of humanity. That’s where 5 billion out of the 7 billion people in the world live. When instability comes to this part of the world, it shakes humanity.
That’s why the geopolitical pattern developing in Eurasia is so ominous. It is like a hurricane—absorbing huge amounts of energy from the ocean, using that energy to build a vast, integrated structure, and then destroying whatever it touches.
The Eurasian landmass is the main source of that kind of energy in the world. When the various regions start to destabilize and then join together, it creates a geopolitical storm. We are now watching to see whether a hurricane will form.
We are now at the period when all regions of Eurasia are experiencing gathering storms. In Europe, the failure of the European Union since 2008 has created economic instability that is becoming political.
Russia is in the midst of economic and political problems and has moved to military action in Ukraine and Syria. The Middle East is in military and economic chaos, now expanding to include economic problems due to oil prices.
China has had a massive economic downturn, as has Japan, and in China the storm has become political, with the imposition of a tough dictatorship.
Central Asian countries are undergoing economic crises because of oil prices, and their governments have become unstable. India alone is no more unstable than it usually is.
The regional storms are intensifying, and they are merging. The Middle East crisis has affected Europe with migration and terrorism. European forces have been involved in the Middle East and have imposed economic sanctions on Russia.
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