This year could be very bloody.

There is ongoing conflict in Ukraine, a vicious fight against Hamas and Iran's other proxies in the Middle East and rising tensions throughout East Asia, all of which threaten to expand daily.

Worrying as those situations are, yet more alarming is the prospect of their linkage as either a result of the overlapping interests of combatants or coordinated action by some of the actors. Preserving peace demands a panoply of tools and a renewed sense of purpose among allies and partners.