Hamilton on Foreign Policy #120: Terrorism and Turmoil Add to National Security Challenges

The 9/11 attacks impressed upon all Americans that terrorism was a threat that we could not ignore. It remains so today.

In recent weeks, I have discussed some of the most important challenges to our national security, involving nuclear proliferation, the world economy, energy, cybersecurity and the rise of China. This column concludes the series with a focus on terrorism and the turmoil that can give rise to it.


Hamilton on Foreign Policy #119: The Major Threats to our National Security – Part 2

In a recent column, I discussed three pressing national security concerns: nuclear proliferation, the stability of the world economy and energy sustainability. Today I will examine two equally urgent challenges: the rise of China and the growing risk of cyber attacks.

The ascent of China is one of the most phenomenal events of the 21st century, and the U.S. relationship with China has become our most consequential foreign policy relationship. Americans are rightly concerned about China’s growing power and what it means for our place in the world. A rising China inevitably impinges on the influence and prestige of the United States. (more…)

Hamilton on Foreign Policy #118: The Major Threats to our National Security – Part 1

The question I often put to policymakers with whom I talk is: What are the major threats to our national security today? And I have been impressed, as I’ve kept track of the responses over a period of time, that there is surprising agreement about these threats.

There are some differences in how they are articulated and prioritized, but there is broad consensus on what they are. This column is the first of two that will explore them.


Hamilton on Foreign Policy #117: Globalization Brings Benefits and Challenges

There are trends and megatrends in foreign affairs, and globalization – a growing hyper-interconnectedness across borders — falls clearly into the latter category.

The cross-border flow of ideas, technology, communication, transportation, capital, jobs, goods, and services is a central reality in the world today – possibly the most important reality.

It has been accelerating for decades and will continue to do so. Its impact on the world is pervasive and profound.


Hamilton on Foreign Policy #116: Shifting Power Centers will Challenge US Foreign Policy

Not that long ago, the world was ideologically divided between two great powers, the democratic capitalism of the United States and the authoritarian communism of the Soviet Union. The two competed tirelessly, each sure that its system was the best model for the world to follow.

Today, by contrast, there is a constantly shifting alignment of nations. New centers of power are emerging; older ones are changing. This realignment is a central reality facing American foreign policy.  The world is more fluid than it was in the Cold War, and more so than it’s been for decades.