A Research-Based Introduction
Edited By Alexander Siedschlag
1 Examining the Strategic Hybrid Threat: Technology, Terrorism, Transnational Criminal Organizations, and Old Enemies after 2015
Examining the Strategic Hybrid Threat: Technology, Terrorism, Transnational Criminal Organizations, and Old Enemies after 2015
In our turbulent times, it makes sense to question whether the next decade will be as fraught with tragedy, risk, warfare, terrorism, and insurrection as the last decade seemed to be. Dead reckoning informs us that nations equipped to thwart and destroy future threats are in a much stronger position than states who cannot mount a retaliatory package strong enough to deter or smite future attackers. We know intuitively that aggressive acquisition of power, territory, and primeval violence draws its resolve from mythic determination and incrementally rewarded excursions into realms of asymmetric and destabilizing warfare. Weaker states, those already hobbled by corruption, infrastructural failure, and uncertain leadership can easily fall prey. In some cases, their vulnerability affects our own vulnerability, both strategic and homeland-related, and their paucity of robust military strike options similarly impairs our own. It behooves the United States to assess weakened, crumbling, and utterly failed states in the next decade, for it is from some of these forlorn places that new threats will arise.
The strategic dilemma grows more intense as we ponder the choices before us. Greater scrutiny is invited to determine which of these hapless states merit our intervention and assistance and which do not. It is unlikely that we will see fewer failing states in the next decade and it appears clear we...
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