Friends, foes, and future directions : U. S. partnerships in by Hans Binnendijk

By Hans Binnendijk

File evaluates suggestions for facing U.S. companions and adversaries in Europe, Asia, and the center East in a time of diminishing safeguard budgets and an American public choice for a family concentration.

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Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, “SIPRI Military Expenditure Database,” spreadsheet data, undated. 14 Friends, Foes, and Future Directions The Obama administration’s base defense budget has hovered around $525 billion in current dollars, with increases for overseas contingency operations. The administration’s approach is close to collaboration, but includes elements of restraint. 12 That document makes 94 references to partners and allies. S. , February 2015. , 2015, p. 9. S. interests and the liberal democratic order posed by the United States’ most serious potential adversaries.

20 Friends, Foes, and Future Directions operations. In that sense, China could pose an existential threat to the United States. In previous decades, China has fought border wars with Russia, India, and Vietnam over territorial disputes. The results were generally disadvantageous for China, but Beijing’s primary strategic purpose today seems to have turned from those land-based disputes to advancing its maritime claims. 11 In 2009, the United Nations Law of the Seas Commission on Limits of the Continental Shelf set a deadline to record those contending claims.

Its proof of concept extends to both civilians and military personnel caught in their web, including American, Japanese, Egyptian, and Jordanian hostages who were beheaded or burned alive in videotaped executions distributed worldwide via the Internet. Once ISIS completes this purification process and intimidates would-be enemies, it would presumably turn its attention to expansion. 48 Some 100 Americans are believed to be fighting under the ISIS banner and may represent a threat once they return home.

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