The Four Huge Challenges Facing American Strategists

President Barack Obama hosts a meeting of his National Security Council (NSC) at the State Department, Washington, Feb. 25, 2016 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).
President Barack Obama hosts a meeting of his National Security Council (NSC) at the State Department, Washington, Feb. 25, 2016 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).
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America’s role in the global security system, first forged in World War II and solidified during the Cold War, is changing. After decades in which the United States was relied upon to manage regional security, other nations are now concluding that they can get by without deferring to Washington. At the same time, America’s adversaries, whether Russia and China or nonstate enemies like al-Qaida and the self-declared Islamic State, have found ways to avoid American strengths and capitalize on American weaknesses. Internally, Americans are less willing to defend far away places at the expense of domestic needs. They increasingly ask […]

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