Rethinking international affairs: A call for a multidisciplinary approach
As earlier mentioned, a protracted conflict with Iran is out of the question. Neither will any states that depend on all the oil that exits through the strait of Hormuz find it worthwhile to have it closed up. In reality, Iran is keeping it open because it has chosen to, regardless of its own economic interests. It's a good card to have. Source diversification takes time and money. Perhaps that's something that would come with the Keystone XL pipeline and the Northern Gateway pipeline that will feed the US and Asia.
The conflict with Iran is also about showing who is in charge. Or maybe we as humans have become so addicted to war that we cannot do it any other way. In reality, resources have become scarcer than ever and we need each other and peace more than ever. But that would be too idealistic, wouldn't it? Oil in general is a dirty business, literally and as a figure of speech. It holds so many interests that one cannot look at it from solely one framework.
We, even those who are academically inclined and the ones that have access to knowledge, have become arrogant about knowledge. The ones that don't have time to think because they need to have their chimney's smoking, are to this day more than one can imagine. We believe that everything is already invented and everything is already thought of. I find that highly surprising. At the core of international relations lies also knowing about cultures. This is so highly undervalued in the discussions out there online and in the media. This type of ignorance is what stimulates wars and financial crises. We are always so lacking in information and knowledge. We know snippets, we receive snippets, and never the whole picture. We see this as the knowledge of the universe. Hardly anybody sees the links or the relations between different disciplines.
A colleague of mine, whose vocation as an economist padded with additional degrees in international relations, has a difficult time discussing metaphysical and philosophical issues with her colleagues, who are either purely economists or MBA graduates. They are intelligent and very good at what they do, yes. After all, she is an economist as well, amongst all things, but at the same time their abilities to engage in topics outside of their professional training is next to impossible.
This attitude has made the world economic crisis from 2008 possible. Economists and bankers only know what they know and studied, one single discipline of a whole tree that life and the world exists about. If you give them the power, they will form the world according to their framework. The world will become skewed and a bit twisted. There won't be a care for the other person.