Earlier this month we saw the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. This year also has special significance with the creation of the United Nations seven decades ago, and the beginning of America’s role as a global leader. That same year, Senator Arthur Vandenberg (R-MI), soon-to-be-named-Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and famous for his staunch isolationist views, took to the Senate floor and argued for American leadership in the post-war world. In the run-up to the 2016 election, it is important to reflect on Senator Vandenberg’s shift in thinking that led to his “Speech Heard Round the World.”
When official resources are limited, where can small investments from the United States have the biggest impact on helping to build and open new markets that also help create jobs at home? Some of the fastest growing economies are in the developing world, and a newly released report suggests that the developing world may also be one of the best places to invest.
The end of World War II and the beginning of the Pax Americana continue to remind us of the power we have to shape the world for the better. With the political debate heating up and polls suggesting that we spend too much on foreign aid, we should remember what we have done in the past to lead the world and how it can have an incredible impact on the future.
The Ukraine crisis continues to make news in the United States, with most of the focus on military force and our own country’s plans to supply items such as Humvees and small aerial drones. The United States is helping increase the long-term viability of Ukraine through other means: effective civilian development and diplomacy programs. As war takes a toll on the country’s economy, economic assistance could help build a pro-democracy movement.
President Obama will release his National Security Strategy on Friday. Will diplomacy and development continue to be elevated?
Experts sound off on challenges for America’s global leadership.