World powers and a new “age of chaos”
The US has restricted the export of chips needed for AI technology to the Middle East. This is another instalment of the technological war with China, which buys chips through intermediaries. However, it is not known which countries the restrictions apply to. Experts say it may be Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Middle Eastern countries are investing in AI and, at the same time, have deepened ties with China in recent years. Meanwhile, Ukraine is having difficulties acquiring drones and drone parts from Chinese suppliers due to export restrictions imposed by China. Ultimately, they were to be aimed at the USA. At the same time, China is selling drone parts to Russia on a massive scale.
The Russian flag is one of the most popular goods in West Africa, where Russia is conducting strong agitation. This happens, among others, in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger – countries where military coups have recently occurred. The Russian flag symbolizes resistance and the most visible sign of geopolitical change in the region, as is the appearance of Russian weapons and mercenaries.
Can these times be called an era of chaos that promises little prosperity and predictability? According to The New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, the critical role here is played by four politicians who have one thing in common: each of them believes that their leadership is necessary, and they are ready to do anything to stay in power as long as possible. These are Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu. They have caused problems both in their countries and international politics because they were guided only by their interests and not by the interests of their citizens.