Accession Number:

ADA291939

Title:

Toward A Dangerous World: U.S. National Security Strategy for the Coming Turbulence,

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Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

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Report Date:

1994-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

336.0

Abstract:

This study examines the foreign policy and national security implications of a single dominant hypothesis A dangerous world may lie ahead, a world of greater turbulence than today. After the Cold War, many observers felt optimistic that an enduring era of peace lay ahead. The recent past however,has brought troubling events abroad and mounting worry among governments and security experts everywhere. This study offers scenarios of how certain trends may play out and puts forth ideas about how U.S. and Western policies will need to be altered over the coming decade or two. But its message is more fundamental. It asserts that a dangerous world will be far more complex than the menacing but comfortably clearcut situation faced by the Western world during the Cold War. The United States will no longer confront a single hegemonic threat in a bipolar setting with many close allies at its side. Indeed, the era ahead may offer precisely the opposite of these features. The United States will need to learn not only how to act differently than during the Cold War but how to think very differently as well. The looming prospect of a dangerous world means that before the United States starts to act, it had best think deeply about precisely what confronts it, what options are at its disposal, and what it is trying to achieve. Many powerful factors are at work, and they are interacting in ways that magnify their negative consequences. Moreover, in varying ways and with varying magnitudes nearly all regions are being affected, and trends in one region are influencing those in another. The result is an often silent, but global drift toward instability.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Defense Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Administration and Management
  • Operations Research
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE