The Current Contemporary Global Security Essay

1282 Words Dec 1st, 2016 6 Pages
When you analyze the current contemporary global security environment of the 21st century there are numerous security issues facing the United States that range in size and complexity. These security issues vary from traditional state-based threats within Asia, gray-zone conflicts such as territorial disputes in the South China Sea or Russian aggression in the Ukraine, and how the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) is taking advantage of failing states throughout the Middle East. On these security issues, the one that poses the greatest threat to the U.S. comes from the traditional state-based threats within Asia. This paper utilizes two of the three major international relations theories (realism and liberalism) to analyze these threats to show how two countries of China and North Korea have the potential to give the U.S. significant concern, and offer recommendations and shortcomings to U.S. policymakers with some historical insight from President Harry S. Truman’s foreign policy.
China and North Korea present the most significant potential security threats to the U.S. at this time. Even though the U.S. spends almost half the total global defense spending annually, China is growing at a rate of 17 percent annually on defense spending and showing that they are willing to invest in building up their military capabilities to challenge us if needed. The U.S. defense spending on an annual basis focuses mostly on sustainment of existing infrastructure, while countries…

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