Alexander Gillespie, professor of law at Waikato University.
It is time to sober up. The superpowers are drunk on rhetoric, mistrust and posturing. They are dragging us all towards the brink.
Alliances are changing at an unprecedented rate. The agreements which keep the threat of nuclear oblivion at bay are being undermined. Disputed areas are being militarised.
Military assets of the opposition are being buzzed. Allies, proxies and innocents are bombed, accidentally, recklessly and/or internationally.
Calls for investigations of war crimes ring loud as do calls for protests outside foreign embassies. Diplomats are harassed, hacking is alleged, and officials and their families are called home from foreign lands.
These are all signs war may be imminent.