How can the United States become more effective in an era of mounting global challenges by emphasizing cooperation and collective action rather than the unilateral use of force?

American policies in the field of foreign affairs since the end of the Cold War have proven to be increasingly ineffective and controversial both at home and abroad. The conclusion of the Cold War on favorable terms to the United States and its allies appeared to offer the hope of reducing both the size of the U.S. military and the scope of the country’s worldwide security commitments developed as a legacy of World War II and the Cold War. In addition, the reduced risk of armed conflict between the major world powers as a result of the end of the Cold War also appeared to offer the U.S. the opportunity to focus on new kinds of national security issues of a more social, economic, and environmental nature such as climate change. Read More


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