Complex global environments necessitate understanding trends and issues and seeking multilateral approaches to addressing transnational challenges. Russia and China in particular merit attention given the ability of each country to influence international security. The significance of Russia to U.S. policies has been keenly demonstrated by conflicts in Ukraine and Syria. Russia’s relationship with the United States and its Western allies has hit a new low, with each side having reentered the political realm of an adversary. This state of affairs, which continues to escalate, carries significant ramifications for global security challenges that can be directly or indirectly influenced by Russia.
It is also leading to rethinking the Euro-Atlantic security architecture that has evolved since the end of the Cold War, which in turn has policy and financial implications for the United States and Europe. The criticality of China to the United States and the world at large, going beyond the economic and financial factors, has been highlighted by U.S. efforts to rebalance toward Asia, by Russia’s move to deepen economic and security alliance with China, as well as by China’s increasingly assertive policies in Asia, Eurasia, and beyond.
Building on its historical comparative advantage on all these regions, the Corporation’s Global Dynamics program aims to: