/ Published August 27, 2021
The editor outlines this issue's articles and introduces a new section, Par Avion (by airmail) featuring articles with international perspectives on US national security strategy. These articles offer international insights on how the US can strengthen its deterrent strategy while working collaboratively with allied states.
Is the genome becoming a new domain of warfare? How can the US build global norms for new technologies in the coming decades?
How do US nuclear modernization programs incentivize states to adhere to their commitments in arms control agreements?
Does forsaking the conceptual framework of competition signal a return to toothless engagement policies of the twentieth century, overlook the human rights abuses of competitors, abandon critical allies, and concede global influence and access to regional powers emboldened by decades of US collaboration?
What are the weaknesses in existing US approaches to managing the remote sensing threat, and how can the US mitigate this emerging and ubiquitous threat?
What are the advantages of an improved combined US-Arctic space strategy, and what are low-cost solutions to elevate each nation’s space capabilities in light of the increased strategic significance of the Arctic?
Why are open, digitalized Western democracies prone to hybrid warfare, and what means and practices can moderate, act against, and deter overt or covert hybrid offensives?
by Oscar Jonsson
Reviewed by Capt Jayson M. Warren, USAF
The book seeks to pierce Moscow’s strategic calculus and the “nuances of the Russian language” to answer the question, “Has the Russian understanding of the nature of war changed, and if so, how?”
by Xiaoyu Pu
Reviewed by David A. Anderson
The author asserts that China projects mixed messages to its domestic and international audiences and needs to better articulate its preferred status. Sending mixed or confusing status signals can lead to geopolitical friction, distrust, and deep suspicions of China’s real intent by its own people and the global community at large
by Anna Ohanyan
Reviewed by LTC Andrew Forney, USA
Beyond a thoughtful collection of intellectually rich essays, this book also provides a striking (and needed) counterpoint to a narrative of globalization that, while tested in the past, still holds sway today. It provides an interesting context to assess state fragility and regional fracture relative to Russia’s current machinations in its near-abroad.
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