The Domestic Scene That Influence International Behavior

835 WordsMar 7, 20164 Pages
The world is changing rapidly and fundamentally. Significant shifts in the balance of global economic and military power, increasing competition between states, and the emergence of more powerful non-state actors means we are increasingly likely to have to deal with unexpected developments. In this era of information saturation and truncated attention spans, focusing on the nation’s long-term strategic planning needs is a challenge in and of itself. However, addressing our vital interests in an increasingly turbulent and dynamic world is more important now than ever. As globalization leads to a more economically-integrated society, and as new threats like cyber warfare and terrorism combine with traditional geopolitical challenges to create a more dangerous environment, we must find common ground between the forces that operate at the international level and those on the domestic scene that influence international behavior. When considering how to adapt a 20th century strategy to the needs of the contemporary world, the U.S. is challenged by the products of its own successes. America supports and promotes an engine of revolutionary change in world affairs. However, the economic and technological progress that has so greatly benefitted our nation also introduces new and complicating factors into world politics. The three greatest difficulties the U.S. will face in the next irregular conflict involving our allies or a coalition are global economic stability and security,
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