Once a year or so, the US will complain about how little our allies do. Don’t worry. It is just ritualistic behavior expected of the incumbent and carries no weight back here.
Author profile: Harvey M. Sapolsky
Serious change in the global security order can come about only when the United States actually does less international intervening. Then, others will do more – if slowly at first.
Terrorism terrorizes. The public’s desire for protection will provoke a political response. The ban is a message to friends and family of terrorists.
In some American eyes, most recently in the Trump administration, the rich nations of the world appear to find excuses to do little for global security or even their own defense.
The rivalry of superpowers that we saw in the 20th century was a certain kind of world order. The hubris of one rich and powerful nation, the USA, is another – and one that is likely to end soon.
Trump’s lack of knowledge of foreign policy will draw the most attention for fear of him assuming command of America’s powerful and complex security apparatus.
Although there is much of value in this title, its attention to the usual suspects of big to medium powers should instead be focused on North Africa and the Middle East.
The center of US foreign policy is to the right of Obama post bin Laden and to the left of George W. Bush. That is where you will find the leading candidates for 2016.
One of the strangest criticisms of US security policy is that it burdens a too small percentage of the American people. In fact, the US has stopped paying for its wars.
US strategy for dealing with ISIL is widely criticised. However, it seems to be right for a war in which US enemies are its allies and allies are allies of its enemies.
President Obama may be naïve, and Putin may be a tough guy who knows both the West’s weaknesses, but Putin has made a serious mistake in seizing the Crimea.
Millions of North Koreans are starving and enslaved while other nations of the region thrive. The more the North opens, the more likely its people will gain some freedom.