The world currently finds itself in intense turmoil characterised by its harrowing wars and conflicts, and yet open-ended in its array of possibilities and consequences. The data speaks volumes: the year 2023 was marked by 183 conflicts — a peak not seen in over a quarter-century.
The year 2024 emerges as a pivotal election year, with 40 elections set to take place. These elections are significant, involving 40% of the global population and influencing an equivalent share of the world's gross domestic product.
Some outcomes seem assured, such as the expected victory of Russian President Vladimir Putin in March, where he would secure his fifth term and surpass a quarter-century in power. However, global attention will shift to the world’s largest democracy, India, in the spring, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will vie for a third term.
Then, there's the United States election in November, an event some call "the world's election" due to its anticipated global impact. This crucial election is expected to showcase a high-stakes contest between two senior political figures: the incumbent president, Joe Biden, and his predecessor, Donald Trump.
In light of these significant global events, Al Majalla has opted to launch a special issue at the onset of 2024, available in both English and Arabic. This landmark edition examines the complex tapestry of conflicts and elections that are deeply interlinked and set the stage for future conflicts and accords.
The issue is packed with knowledge and different viewpoints of renowned experts and writers, offering readers a multifaceted understanding of these critical topics.
Will the State of Palestine become a reality in 2024 — Nasser al-Kidwa
A year of elections at a time of war — Ibrahim Hamidi