chapter  4
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States and conflict

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book presents that international politics is still principally the field of action of states, and is dominated by a relatively small number of them. While the cold war between the Communist states and the 'Free World' may be over, the economic black hole in which Russia remains makes the future of this deeply unstable superpower, and thus of international relations in general, quite unpredictable. Moreover, the ending of this commanding conflict should not blind us to the fact that conflicts with incendiary potential still divide other states, as well as dividing national, ethnic and religious groups within them, notably in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The book further suggests that Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East appears to be losing a little of its steam just as Hindu nationalism begins to assume dangerous proportions in India.