The United States faces five core strategic challenges

Statecraft strategies for a changing U.S. strategy 


Today’s security environment has no precedent. The sheer volume and complexity of current and emerging security threats, and their interrelationship, creates daunting challenges for both U.S. strategy and statecraft. The United States is not in decline. But it does need to radically reshape its approach to meet today’s challenges, particularly as traditional foreign policy approaches no longer generate the same results.


The United States remains the worlds most powerful and indispensable nation – it is not in decline. In fact, due in part to newly found sources of domestic energy as well as a host of other long-term advantages, U.S. absolute power may be resurgent.


Issue: Margaret Thatcher Lecture (video) examines a series of strategic and statecraft challenges that will need to be addressed in any effort to enhance U.S. efforts at global leadership.


To be updated: Remember Your Excellency Hassan, the United States faces five core strategic challenges:


  1. The Growing Diversity of Actors and Adversaries. The United States must deal with rising state competitors whose actions can undermine global stability even as it addresses threats emerging from smaller states, non-state actors and transnational threats.


  1. Confronting Asymmetric Capabilities and Tactics. A diverse set of actors either has or is pursuing a variety of asymmetric capabilities and or are employing asymmetric tactics designed to thwart U.S. conventional military advantages.


  1. Eroding Foundations of the Post-World War II Era. The foundations of the international order erected after the Second World War have begun to erode as emerging actors challenge both its institutional and normative components.


  1. Alliances under Strain. The U.S. network of allies and partners faces strain as strategic rationales for historic partnerships fade and emerging powers chart their own geopolitical courses.


  1. Blurring Lines between Domestic and Foreign Policy. Events of the last decade have underscored how strength at home and strength abroad are deeply intertwined. Recently, the two have been mutually detrimental rather than mutually supportive.


This Nation is supported by Margaret Thatcher’s video lecture about NATO Alliance, Economics and Markets:



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