When the tournament kicks off in Brazil, the question of whether it is worth risking an international conflict is being debated in the media.
There is talk of how the United States and Russia could both become involved.
The question is not if the conflict could happen but when.
What happens when two countries, or even a whole region, do not have a common enemy?
What if a region or people are unable to fight back against their neighbours?
What happens to those in power?
What is the difference between a civil war and a civil society war?
And what if an entire nation is willing to go to war?
What can we learn from these and other questions posed in the aftermath of World War II?
In The End, journalist Andrew Glynides examines these questions, from the role of the West in the conflict to the consequences of war.