The War in Ukraine Will Make It Harder to Manage the World’s Other Crises

United Nations members vote on a resolution concerning the war in Ukraine during an emergency meeting of the General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, March 2, 2022 (AP photo by Seth Wenig).
United Nations members vote on a resolution concerning the war in Ukraine during an emergency meeting of the General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, March 2, 2022 (AP photo by Seth Wenig).

While the world remains fixated on the horrific human and political consequences of the conflict in Ukraine, there has been an undercurrent of discourse comparing the extreme attention to this conflict to the intermittent and waning interest over the past few years in civilian suffering and acts of aggression in places like Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Ethiopia or Somalia. More could and should have been done in those other conflicts. But there are significant reasons for acute attention to the Ukraine crisis, which might be seen as a war within a larger war—and one that is sure to have ripple effects […]

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