What national security policies seem to be most necessary for our President to respond to at the present time? Why? The United States of America is not only one of the largest but also one of the strongest countries on the map of the world at this point in time. Any action or decision by the U. S. has a direct impact on the rest of the world. Currently the Iraq war, weapons of mass destruction and terrorism dominate the agenda, however, there are several other issues that need t o be addressed by the President regarding the national security policies.
First and foremost, the President needs to use negotiations to limit nuclear proliferation, not military force, which creates too many incentives for proliferation to continue. The threat to the U. S. has always existed, however, it seems silly and trivial at this level to actually create and trigger anti-American sentiments throughout the world. The global economy is facing soaring prices and the energy supplies are fast causing stresses to the industrialized economies. Not to mention the global food crisis due to which Asia and Africa are anticipating critical conflicts.
It is a chain of events which leads us to the issue of the uneven distribution of wealth across the world at this point in time as well as buckling economies of the developing nations. That in itself is only a part of the degree of instability being caused in the international financial arena. The matter of energy, fuel, funds, rising poverty and poor countries becoming poorer are actually matters that need to be dealt with as a national security objective and new and innovative approaches need to be brought forward before they become major global conflict causing elements.
In addition to that, the weakening of national boundaries are a growing share of present day problems. They are created by organizations of terrorists that hop from country to country. Issues include migratory population controls, international crime, drug trafficking, contagious diseases as well as climatic changes. The whole concept of identity as source of conflict has more often than not been undermined. Conflicts over race, ethnicity, nationalities, and religions are part of today’s growing problems and essentially trigger the economic or social clashes.
Identity may be connected to economic and political disagreements, but it can be an equal cause of such disagreements. As such, it needs to be addressed in its own right. Inadequate governance and the fight for power have destabilized several countries at the moment. It has made it a task for the governments to ensure safety and security of their citizens as well as control the ever increasing problems of unemployment and emigration. U. S.
needs to keep monitoring other developing nations and extend help to rectify the system as well as it can be done. The U. S. influence on policies in the regions where developing countries are located is rather great. Hence the concentration on a certain policy has the power to create a lot of changes in the world. In many ways, these challenges are mutually reinforcing. The economic challenges reinforce the weaknesses in governance and exacerbate underlying identity conflicts.
Regional powers may seek to exploit terrorist capabilities to extend their influence or try to shape new economic or security regimes that don’t involve the United States. Each of the challenges are not only massive but also complex and extensive, surpassing the ability of any single country to find solutions or provide the resources that can shape the solution, however, steps taken by the President may turn the wheels for the future of the world.