AS a grad of international relations and conflict management we study history as well and throughout history there have been international rivalries that have shaped the world we live in today……the following are the ten most important rivalries that brought about the world we know today.

On Aug. 27, 1914, the Japanese navy set up a blockade of Tsingtao, a German-run port on the coast of China, after declaring war on the German state just four days earlier. The Japanese navy then waited for the British navy to arrive at Tsingtao, and the two combined forces attacked and then captured the German-held port. The Japanese went on to seize most of Germany’s overseas colonies in the Pacific and began setting up its own empire, which of course put the country on a collision course with the United States and the United Kingdom.

The German-Japanese rivalry is an odd one to think about, given that the two states were allies in World War II, but it was so short-lived that the term “rivalry” is probably the wrong term to use to describe their fight in World War I. Even today, Germany and Japan are sometimes thought of as rivals in the global economy because both countries specialize in high quality goods, and they oscillate between having the third or fourth largest economy in the world (nominal GDP) behind the United States and China, but rumors of a commercial beef between Germany and Japan today are non-existent.


Now that I have shown the rivalries through history there is something else that needs the light of day.

The agreements that ended the Cold War are disintegrating…..

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Nuclear Planning Group (NPG) was probably the Alliance’s most important and secretive institution during the Cold War. Notably, it worked out NATO members’ joint strategy and tactics for using non-strategic nuclear weapons in a possible all-European war with the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. Such a confrontation seemed all too possible—and sometimes almost inevitable—during acute crisis situations that brought the Cold War opponents to the brink in 1949, 1956, 1962, 1973 and 1983. In the last of the aforementioned crises, tensions spiked as the United States deployed nuclear-tipped land-based cruise missiles as well as medium-range Pershing II ballistic missiles on the territory of several European NATO allies to counter the threat of the deployment of hundreds of Soviet SS-20 nuclear intermediary missiles known in Russia as Pioneer. The Soviets produced over 800 Pioneer missiles, and each carried a heavier payload than the Pershing IIs; but their U.S. counterparts were stealthier and much more accurate.


The world is going to crap and look what the “master race” is doing……bitching about a DNA result and insulting a porn star….we are so much better than this.

Geez!  I love history there is so much that the average person knows not that it is fun to help them understand our world.

It is probably just me but I shall do my part.

Turn The Page!


7 thoughts on “Rivalries!

  1. I often think about the West’s relationship with China. The Opium Wars, colonies like Hong Kong and Macau, and supporting Chang during the civil war. Small wonder that didn’t stand us in good stead decades later.
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. It’s a mess. It seems to me to be what I expected. Nobody in power actually wanted to Leave. When the vote went in favour of leaving, they spent the next two years trying to promote a way of leaving that only existed as a word. My worst fear is that we will ‘leave but not leave’, and be worse off than when it all started. Because of all the bickering, I also fear a second referendum that would probably result in a ‘remain’ vote, leaving us looking very weak to the outside world. We should have just left, with no payments, and no deals. But nobody had the guts for that.

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