Today’s global situation is undoubtedly as complex as any the United States has ever faced. A rising China, revanchist and violent Russia, nuclear-armed North Korea (to say nothing of Pakistan and India, and possibly other nuclear proliferators in the future), nuclear-desirous Iran, the ongoing threat of terrorism—together with twenty-first-century transnational threats including cyber dangers, pandemics, advanced biological pathogens, and climate change—and it all makes for a geostrategic witches’ brew. The ongoing war in Ukraine is a serious threat not only to the people and sovereignty of Ukraine but indeed to the broader region and the world.


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