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JB Shreve is the author of "How the World Ends: Understanding the Growing Chaos." He has been the host of the End of History podcast since 2012. He has degrees in International Relations and Middle East Studies. His other books include the Intelligence Brief Series. Regular posts and updates from JB Shreve are available at www.theendofhistory.net
economic crisis 2022
US inflation is rising. In March, US inflation rose to 8.5%, compared to 2.6% one year earlier. We can expect that number to keep ascending as the fallout of supply chain shortages, rising food prices brought on by the war in Ukraine, and spreading economic decline around the globe...
economic crisis 2022 economic crisis
This article on the 2022 Economic Crisis was broken into two parts because we all know the other guys can’t handle reading more than the headlines and a short bit of the article. If you have not read Part 1, read here first. The Government Is Here to Help; Please...
famine in east africa
The crises are accumulating in East Africa, with no end in sight. The famine in East Africa is the latest and deadliest pinnacle of this chaos. As agriculture experts warn that March and April recorded higher temperatures and less rain than expected, the agriculturally dependent economies in this area of...
worst food crisis
In my 2019 book How the World Ends: Understanding the Growing Chaos, I outlined three core crises found at the root of almost every chaotic struggle unfolding around the world today. These three crises were food, water, and population. I outlined how these crises would grow worse, and we...
none of it worked

None of It Worked

When the coronavirus pandemic first began to surge, I posited a thought on one of the podcast episodes in those early days. How could the American system possibly confront a pandemic? At the time, China was nearing 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, and fears were growing as the coronavirus spread...
immigration
As civilization developed and populations surged, a standard practice emerged among wealthy nations’ relations with poorer countries. The rich nations could pay poorer nations to manage their trash. The definition of “trash” has changed over the decades of the industrialized and tech eras, but the practice continues. In the modern...
french elections 2022
The French elections on Sunday are yet another notice that the polarizing divide in society and politics is not a uniquely American affair. It is a global phenomenon placing strains on a system that can surely not withstand much more. In an era of pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine War, food...
sudan and the mahdi
The story of Sudan and the Mahdi during the scramble for Africa is one of the epic stories in the history of Africa. It features two extremist figures who cast themselves as deliverers, Messianic figures for their own side of the struggle. The man who proclaimed himself as Islam's Mahdi...
human rights council
The United Nations voted Thursday to suspend Russia from its main human rights body, the U.N. Human Rights Council, for “gross and systematic violations and abuses of human rights” by Russian forces in Ukraine. It might be good to have some context regarding this austere body that gave Russia the...
The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations
This book is in the lead for my best read of 2022 so far. For those interested in international relations, geopolitics, energy, and just about anything else that might have brought you to this website – this is a good one that you should add to your library. The author,...