In Prioritizing the Biggest Global Threats, Three Top the List

A TV screen showing a North Korean newscaster reading a statement from the North's Nuclear Weapons Institute the at Seoul Railway Station, South Korea, Sept. 9, 2016 (AP photo by Ahn Young-joon).
A TV screen showing a North Korean newscaster reading a statement from the North's Nuclear Weapons Institute the at Seoul Railway Station, South Korea, Sept. 9, 2016 (AP photo by Ahn Young-joon).
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This week, America commemorated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and the world worried once again about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. All that is missing to illustrate all three of the biggest threats that will be priorities for the foreseeable future is a catastrophic natural disaster linked to climate change. The next president will have to update the strategies to cope with all three, with varying international mechanisms in place to do so. National security experts often say that if everything is a priority, then nothing is. They wish that political leaders and bureaucratic processes would do a better job at […]

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