Economic destabilization of countries by external forces
Covert undermining of national economies
In 1992, it was reported that a US-led destabilization campaign has targeted Iraq with vast amounts of counterfeit currency. The fake dinar notes were being smuggled across the Jordanian, Saudi, Turkish and Iranian borders in an effort to undermine the Iraqi economy and the government of Saddam Hussein. The countries behind the operation included western nations, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel. Counterfeit USA dollars were also being smuggled into Iraq in smaller quantities to further confound the banking system. The counterfeit notes were raising inflation and together with trade sanctions were weakening the economy to the point where local currency could become worthless.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.