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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Global Challenges


From East Asia to Africa, through Afghanistan to Syria and the greater Middle East, Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon guides us on a brief tour of the good, the bad, and in some cases, the ugly challenges facing our world today. Find out why he says, despite all the challenges, the global order is remarkably healthy right now and what that means for America’s role in the world.



Show notes:

Solidify the U.S.-Afghanistan Alliance (Big Bets & Black Swans presidential briefing memo)
• Strengthen Stability in Africa (Big Bets & Black Swans memo)
Healing the Wounded Giant: Maintaining Military Preeminence while Cutting the Defense Budget
Understanding Tahrir Square: What Transitions Elsewhere Can Teach Us about the Prospects for Arab Democracy
Toward a Successful Outcome in Afghanistan 

I think we’re going to wind up OK in Afghanistan in the sense that I think we’re going to hand off the majority responsibility for that country to its own people, to its security forces that are going to be capable of holding the place together. … Give the Afghans a little credit where credit is due. They are capable of doing some pretty good things and we owe it to them to stick with them in the effort.  

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