This is going to be my last post for this course and, instead of talking about what is currently going on in the world, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on these past couple of months. Taking Introduction to International Affairs has definitely made me want to educate myself more about current events. I really enjoyed having a blog and the ability to talk about current events that are happening right now. Over the past five months, there has been a lot going on in the international community and, even though most of these aren’t happening right in front of our own door, they do affect us.
This year has started off with terrorists attacking and killing people working for the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and then going on a three day killing spree around Paris. The world was in shock but, looking back at it now, it seems that this was only the beginning. ISIS has especially been catching the attention of the world press over the last couple of months. They first gained media attention this year because they posted videos that showed them killing their hostages. The global community was outraged but that wasn’t all that ISIS has made headlines for. They have been destroying ancient artifacts and trying to get rid of minorities that are living in the area where they would like to establish their state.
So far, the international community has not really reacted to it. The Saudi-Arabian government, with the help of some other nations, has been bombing the places where they suspect the jihadists of being. Even though the Islamic State has been getting a lot of negative media attention they somehow were still able to recruit people from all over the world. Many of these new recruits are young men and women who leave their countries without anyone knowing until it is too late. ISIS does most of their recruiting through social media and other platforms online. Because this is such a new phenomenon, there has not been a lot of scholarly research and nothing has been proposed yet that could be a solution to stop this.
Overall, this year has definitely started off with some very scary events. The Islamic State in particular will continue to capture our attention in the future. I think it’s going to be an interesting process to see what happens next with regards to what the international community will do to address this problem.