If by any chance there happens to be a clash, there will be great preparation for it which includes the preparation of the royal navy, to fight in the water and military installations to work on land. The probability of lives being lost in this clash is very high. The third world war, should it occur, will be worse than the second war, posing a threat of putting all of us into extinction.
The difference in the period between the second and third wars has allowed advancement in technology. If the Great States would clash again, the world might simply end. There will be an increase in military capacity driven by the growth in the economy and great advancement by technology, meaning better weapons and greater forces to fight the enemy.
The damage therefore will not only be against these two states but damage that will affect the whole world. Braumoeller confirms the intensity by which the clash will be lethal in the below two ways;
- The battle deaths will be intense as a result of what will happen through the pooled population of the states clashing.
- Raw battle deaths between the two states clashing will be extremely severe.
As a result of the harmony that has been there for the last 77 years, there have been great advancements noted. Consumer goods such as laptops, cars, jewelry, food, smart phones and medicines are no longer local but are all produced globally.
The risks of another clash are great given the presence of different methods of warfare that are conventional, nuclear, cyber, drones and anything else is enough to destroy humanity entirely. Currently, there are clashes looming in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Russia posing great threat over Ukraine, and the US. In the past 100 years, we have learnt how we can prevent clashes around the world.
The United Nations was made with the intention of protecting the succeeding generations from the negative effects of fighting. With this development, any fights between states like Germany and France are difficult to imagine. There are other regional organizations that have had their founding in Africa, Asia and the Southern Pacific to curb the occurrence of fights between prominent states. The international bodies put in place are to help promote harmony and security among warring states.
According to research, there are many factors which have contributed to reduced clashes among States, the main ones being negotiations to keep, enforce and maintain harmony. Nuclear weapons have been outlawed in many countries which also reduces the chances of a world war or another fight. The ban is however yet to be made global. International law in place has prohibited the use of chemical and biological weapons, antipersonnel landmines, cluster munitions and blinding lasers.
Academic disciplines are good enough in instilling knowledge on how conflicts come about and how they can be prevented or put to an end if already in place. There is no perfect approach that has been put in place yet. However, we can say that the effects of a clash are an endangered state economy, cost of living going up scarcity of important resources, refugee flows and discrimination. History and culture is important but should also play a great role in preventing the negative effects that could spark a clash between states.