Global security refers to the combination of measures in order to maintain peace and promote well-being and survival in the world. Such measures are contributed by states and international associations, which include major organizations like the United Nations the European Union, and other peacekeeping units. International peace and security is faced with many issues, which make the tasks challenging.
This is probably the reason why the ambassador of peace, Prem Rawat, urged people to "Practice peace, change your world". The peace mediator is renowned for sharing messages of peace to enhance global harmony. On top of that, he created the TPRF Foundation to bring in his shares for the human goods.
Obviously, he is aware of the challenges faced by peacekeepers all over the world. Thus, our purpose is to present the challenges in sustaining peace and international security.
Peace and international security: what are the challenges?
Geopolitical hostility and intransigence
Among the biggest challenges, it is difficult to crack down on conflicts among nations or ethnic groups due to aggression and inflexibility among regional and international powers. Rivals intensely maintain the reasons why they engage in conflicts with their combatant enemies without taking the resulting damages into consideration. Such are the cases of the endless wars in Syria and Yemen.
Conflicts as struggles against terrorism
Terrorism is one of the biggest threats to international security and peace. However, the use of violence to counter terrorist attacks sparks more violence. The use of force by militants to combat terrorism crushes dissent and triggers more conflicts or even wars.
That was what had happened in Syria, in Turkey and in Egypt. Fighting skirmishes through violence triggers more conflicts since the rebel militants usually tend to retaliate after their defeats.
Presence of rogue regime
Among the most difficult challenges faced in global insecurity, the political regime in some countries is so different from what would normally be acceptable. For example, in some states, it is culturally acceptable for men to be involved in acts of burglary in order to enter into adulthood.
In other countries, it is hard to maintain peace because militants are involved in the rogue regime and encourage the conflicts to happen for specific reasons. In fact, it is challenging to crack down on rogue regimes as most of the militants are ready to engage in terrorism and kill civilians.
Presence of sophisticated forms of warfare
In today's modern world, it is possible for countries to get involved in all kinds of warfare to attack and even to annihilate their enemies. It is difficult to control the weapons of mass destruction which circulate in many countries in the world nowadays. With the advancement of technology, peacekeepers find it harsh to put such weapons under control.
But hunger for peace may help stop conflicts
As Prem Rawat puts it, what people around the world need most in the contemporary era is peace. Without peace, it is impossible to develop politically, socially and economically. That is what police forces and justice are all about, to prevent conflicts from arising and to restore public security.
The peace mediator teaches that peace in the world starts from each one of us. Yet, one of the challenges for that is time constraints and heavy workload. Therefore, it is challenging for people to set out on the journey for peace.