The Contemporary International Security Environment Confronting Senior U.s. Policymakers

1515 Words Nov 28th, 2016 7 Pages
The contemporary international security environment confronting senior U.S. policymakers is complex and their subsequent response will ultimately define the future role of America. Existing global challenges are diverse and run the spectrum from terrorism to state actors to cyber warfare. The U.S. must continually reassess its place in the world as the only hegemonic power to perhaps charting a different course based on global interdependence. By examining the most significant threat and analyzing it through a tenet of liberalism, policymakers will establish an acceptable response to the challenge. In order to identify a potential shortcoming, a review of a contradictory international relations theory tenet will be presented. Lastly, by studying a previous presidential foreign policy doctrine, historical lessons can be applied for a modern-day solution. U.S. policymakers have a roadmap to follow in order to engage these challenges while pursuing our national interests.
The most significant security issue confronting the United States today is gray-zone conflicts. Gray-zone wars occur prior to traditional military campaigning, fall below NATO’s Article V Standard for action, and fail to trigger UN Security Council Resolutions. These conflicts are intentionally driven to accomplish wartime objectives yet are conducted below the threshold to warrant a military response. Recent cases include Russia’s aggression regarding Ukraine and China’s moves to control the…

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