The five conflicts to keep in mind in 2023
A year ago, the world looked on with some scepticism at the incessant arrival of Russian troops and weaponry on the Ukrainian border. Even while many intelligence and defence agencies suggested that Europe would once again be the stage of conventional warfare, at the same time it seemed somewhat implausible. On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin proved that it was possible indeed. The conflict in Ukraine has served as a warning to Western societies that traditional warfare is still a threat and could flare up anytime, anywhere. This article presents 5 security hotspots to be on the lookout for in 2023 and explains briefly what each one is about. Having said that, this list is by no means exhaustive or ground-breaking; its aim is to provide a general context.