Special Forum

Arguably the leading challenge for US national security strategy in the coming decade is to recalibrate the US role for a more multipolar world order. The geopolitical as well as ideological foundations of the postwar order are under increasing strain.1 States with regional or global ambitions such as Russia, China, and Iran are challenging both the rules of the order and who sets them. Along with North Korea, they have sought to develop military capabilities capable of denying US access to key regions. Meanwhile the rise of anti-globalization sentiment around the world is fueling populism and nationalism and undercutting the dominant neo-liberal ideology of the postwar era.2 At the same time, a new US administration is coming into office that could upend many assumptions about US national security strategy.

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