Missing the good old days? When there were only two large powers having a global ideological war? Recent events in Egypt, Libya, and Syria, among others, make clear that it has become harder to predict the driving force of international politics and security.
Will Europe reduce its dependence on Russia for natural gas supplies? This question, prompted by the North American unconventional gas 'revolution,' has incited considerable debate.
The United States is a global power with security interests and commitments in every region of the world. The current defense strategy of the United States calls for increased engagement and investment in the Asia-Pacific region, while maintaining peace and security in cooperation with its allies and partners in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.
In January 2013, the Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative began designing the framework for a Global Youth Wellbeing Index with the goal of filling a significant gap among the numerous comparative measures of national poverty, development, and wellbeing.
It is not easy to write about European, specifically Italian, political dysfunctionalism as an American who lives and works in Washington D.C. and is deeply embarrassed by America’s own display of political dysfunctionalism. But, as the world’s headlines have focused this week on the U.S.
The future of the UK as a nuclear-weapon state could rest in the hands of Scottish voters in their September 2014 referendum on independence. Would an independent Scotland carry out its threat to evict the Trident force currently based there, and would London have any options?
Who would have predicted just two years ago that cash-strapped, inwardly-focused, soul-searching France would embark on a flurry of military operations and bold strategic moves? How France can really afford to remain a global power while imposing some of the heaviest budget cuts ever.
“Recent trends in defense spending threaten NATO’s ability to confidently face a dangerous and unpredictable future. Most European Allies are hollowing out their militaries, jettisoning capabilities, and failing to spend their existing budgets wisely. As a result, the gap between American and European contributions to the Alliance is widening to an unsustainable level. Something must be done. The trends need to be reversed.” U.S. Ambassador to NATO, Ivo Daalder, June 17, 2013, as part of his farewell remarks before leaving Brussels.
Flash back to November 12, 2011: Italian President Giorgio Napolitano (age 86) and then-Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (75) were at the political helm. But as Italian borrowing costs on 10-year notes reached 7 percent and the economy contracted, European and Italian political pressure forced Berlusconi and his government to resign, paving the way for former European Commissioner Mario Monti to form a technocratic government.
The vision of a Europe "whole, free, and at peace" has been a fundamental tenet of U.S. foreign policy. In its earlier manifestation, U.S. and EU policy concentrated on the political and economic liberalization and transformation of Central and Eastern Europe.