North Korea, a poor, isolated, unpredictable and nuclear-armed country, presents a perilous foreign policy challenge, but the chances of urgently needed U.S.-North Korean arms control negotiations are currently not encouraging.
If you look back through history, it’s interesting to note how the vocabulary of security has changed. Going back millennia, people talked about using sticks and spears to defend themselves. In my lifetime, we’ve had debates over all kinds of guns and munitions, and more recently about missiles, robots and drones.
When I speak with foreign policy experts in Washington, DC, and elsewhere, the conversation inevitably turns to America’s relationship with China. And this isn’t just a concern for the elites: the question of how to manage the relationship is on the minds of ordinary citizens.
What tools do we have to combat the long list of national security threats facing America? Fortunately, we have many. They include military power, diplomacy and our like-minded partners, public and private, at home and abroad. The daunting challenge is to use them effectively.
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
The dominant question for U.S. foreign policy is what is America’s role in the world? Throughout our history, we have had major debates over this question. It arouses strong feelings across the political spectrum. We argue about when, where and how we should play that role. A quick glance at what American presidents have said… Read more »