The former secretary of defense argues that the lessons of history warn that adopting a nuclear weapons–free world as a concrete goal could instead divert from or distort counterproliferation efforts, harming U.S. and global security.
The tragic result of the gap between declared objectives and strategies on democracy promotion is that many Americans are starting to view this goal as no longer desirable or attainable. A more effective strategy for promoting democracy and human rights is both needed and available.
The former director of policy planning in the Office of the Vice President argues that the U.S. government has lost the capacity to conduct serious, sustained national strategic planning and proposes three ways by which the next president could improve it.
Lessons learned about contrasting Chinese and U.S. characteristics of crisis behavior from the 1999 embassy bombing and the 2001 mid-air collision can help both sides to deal with future crises better.
Taiwan's presidential election in March will usher in a moderate on cross-strait issues, offering a potential shift in cross-strait relations if Washington and Beijing understand the deceptive change toward moderation in Taiwan and what to do to reinforce it.
Within the next 30 years, climate change is expected to cause destabilizing migration, massive food and water shortages, devastating natural disasters, and deadly disease outbreaks that will present serious security challenges not only to directly affected countries, but to the United States and the entire international community.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (1992). Protocols, etc., 1997 Dec. 11.
Climatic changes -- Government policy -- United States.
Climatic changes -- Government policy -- European Union countries.
Europe and the United States are addressing climate change at different speeds and in different ways, but the transatlantic landscape on this issue is changing. Can they come together quickly enough to help forge a framework to replace the Kyoto Protocol before it expires in 2012?
Greenhouse gas mitigation -- Government policy -- China.
Energy policy -- China.
Understanding the challenges China faces in mitigating its greenhouse gas emissions can both clarify its negotiating position in international forums and provide insights into how best to engage Beijing to address global climate change.
Some broad areas of philosophical convergence on foreign policy and national security issues have been articulated in campaign rhetoric from both parties to allow hope for a return to the broad and traditional contours of international engagement in U.S. foreign policy.