Crisis in the Americas
From the Arctic, to the U.S.-Mexico border, to the tip of South America, the United States faces a number of challenges to its sovereignty and hemispheric primacy.
Homegrown terrorists with links to global jihadist networks, along with an influx of unknown elements across our borders, represent a growing threat to the United States.
With drug-war anarchy gripping much of Mexico, policymakers worry about collaboration between the cartels and jihadist terrorists; Iranian agents have been caught subcontracting out assassinations to Mexican warlords; and Hezbollah is raising funds across South America.
All the while, Beijing has capitalized on Washington’s focus on the Middle East by engaging in a flurry of activity in Latin America—loaning billions, developing long-term military exchange programs, shipping sophisticated military equipment and openly challenging the Monroe Doctrine.
Likewise, Russia has brazenly laid claim to almost half the Arctic Circle and all of the North Pole, underscoring its seriousness by deploying military units into the Arctic.
To answer these challenges, the United States needs to reengage in its own neighborhood economically, politically and militarily—making hemispheric trade a priority, reviving diplomatic outreach in the Western Hemisphere, strengthening defenses and alliances in North and South America, and updating the Monroe Doctrine for new challenges in a new era.
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