Author(s): Paul Cornish
The year is 2020 and civilisation is on the verge of a Third World War. Will the Russian invasion of the Arctic trigger the military response called for in the NATO treaty? Will the simultaneous Chinese cyber-attack on the Pentagon cripple the world's biggest military machine? Who's arming the refugees in the migrant camps on the shores of the Mediterranean? What's happening in space? From cyber security to weapons technology, from economics to robotics, from geopolitics to undercover operations, 2020: World of War will offer us a compelling account of the shape our world will take in the future. Told through a number of gripping scenarios, all reality-based, all using the authors' experience and inside knowledge of the way the world works, whether inside the Pentagon or on the front line of international conflict, this book is a must for everyone who wants to understand what our future looks like.
Knowing the unknown is the first step in making sure what we fear most doesn't happen. * Jonathan Powell, former Chief of Staff, 10 Downing Street * This expert consideration of potential conflicts will be invaluable to us all - not just the policy makers and politicians who will have to deal with those issues. * Jonathan Powell, former Chief of Staff, 10 Downing Street * 2020: World of War should be read by our political leaders, policy makers and horizon scanners alike. * General Sir Richard Shirreff * This informed and expert book examines credible scenarios of what might happen, could happen and hopefully won't happen. * Lord George Robertson, former NATO Secretary General * A timely and cogent reminder that history never ends and is about to be made * Tim Marshall, author of Prisoners of Geography *
Paul Cornish was educated at the University of St. Andrews and the London School of Economics. He then served in the British Army (Royal Tank Regiment) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before completing his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. Until 2016 he was research group director for Defence, Security & Infrastructure at RAND Europe in Cambridge. Kingsley Donaldson is a retired Army officer. He read Irish Studies at Queens University Belfast, majoring on Irish history and politics and the development of terrorism in Northern Ireland. He has served on operations in a number of European and Middle Eastern countries in various roles that span from countering weapons of mass destruction through to negotiating with armed groups in Iraq. He is the Director of the Causeway Institute for Peace-building Conflict Resolution International.