The End of Territorial Wars?

The staff at Foreign Policy has compiled a list of “The World’s Most Valuable Disputed Turf,” which they define as “real estate that, at least for some countries, just might be worth fighting for.” It starts with the North Pole and gets sillier.

As Dan Drezner observes, “What’s shocking, however, is how unlikely [it is] that force will be involved in any of the disputes.” Further, that they “came came up with such a lame list is not a slight against them — instead, it’s a healthy indicator for why the world seems to be more pacific.

James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.