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WHAT'S NEXT?: Rising tensions around are bringing new and regional geopolitical threats and the possibility of eventual global war. Keep abreast of the unfolding drama and know where the risks and opportunities are in the world.

  • [New] The rapidly evolving threat of domestic terrorism in the U.S. poses an increased risk to businesses of all sizes. Insight
  • [New] Even as the U.S. military focuses on preparing for great-power war against state adversaries, it must continue to train for counterterrorism operations and further refine its approach to counterterrorism in order to degrade terrorist threats against the United States. Center for New American Security
  • [New] The United States regards competition with China as its primary foreign policy concern, but also hopes to work on common interests - such as climate change - instead of letting things go to the point of direct conflict. Newsdir3
  • [New] Ending the global war on terror would still allow the U.S. government to carry out lethal attacks in response to a terrorist threat, but only in the midst of a genuine armed conflict or as a last resort to stop an imminent lethal threat. Newsweek
  • [New] The COVID pandemic, the divide at home, China and Russia, climate change and other geopolitical challenges have overtaken the threat of international terrorism. Newsweek
  • [New] The Biden administration has signaled that it will continue to target terror groups in Afghanistan that could present a threat to the US, but officials say the capabilities of jihadist groups have eroded significantly in the decades since 9/11. Business Insider
  • [New] The Biden administration, preoccupied by a chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, has signaled that ending America's longest war will give U.S. political and military leaders the space to tackle more pressing threats from China's rapid rise. Reuters
  • [New] Sino-American war over the much-misunderstood Taiwan issue - the most probable casus belli - would leave Taiwan in ruins and could leave both the Chinese and American homelands devastated. sino-american-antagonism-how-does-this-end
  • [New] Not only does the US have a deep history with using nuclear weapons to threaten dissident states, it is the only country to have actually used nuclear weapons on an enemy during war. Inkstick Media
  • [New] From Africa through the Middle East and into South and Southeast Asia, the threat posed by jihadist terrorism and ideology has never been more diverse, more globally distributed, more sophisticated, more financially self-sustaining, or more actively present in as many theaters. Middle East Institute
  • [New] Beijing agreed with Moscow to be prepared and ready to intensify efforts to combat the threats of terrorism and drug smuggling coming from Afghanistan. Center For Middle Eastern Studies
  • [New] The Central Asian terror groups in Afghanistan will support the Taliban as they renew and rejuvenate the idea of establishing the Caliphate from Afghanistan to the European border. ORF
  • [New] Africa continued to face vulnerabilities that threatened its peace and security, among which was terrorism and violent extremism. Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • [New] In Southeast Asia, groups linked to the Islamic State continue to pose terror threats, but authorities have been able to disrupt some plots. Wilson Center
  • [New] Twenty years after the 9/11 attacks and the U.S. decision to topple the Afghan Taliban regime, not only is the Taliban back in power but also the terrorism threat from Afghanistan endures for the United States and the rest of the world. Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
  • [New] Washington should not narrowly focus just on domestic terrorism at the expense of jihadi organizations like al-Qa' ida and the Islamic State, which, while weakened, still comprise a significant threat, both to the United States and globally as well. Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
  • [New] China is the pacing challenge for the US military, as the Pentagon shifts from fighting the wars of the Middle East to meeting the threat of China's growing assertiveness in the Pacific. CNN
  • [New] Some refugee resettlement agencies in the United States are expecting at least 50,000 Afghans to arrive in the aftermath of the end of America's longest war; more than 65,000 have been evacuated by the United States to date, of which more than 20,000 have already arrived. The Boston Globe
  • [New] In the longer run, the threat from right-wing terrorism within liberal democracies was likely energized by military veterans of the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Foreign Policy
  • [New] The US and the Taliban sign a peace deal in Doha, Qatar, which requires US troops to withdraw from Afghanistan within 14 months as long as the Taliban does not to allow terror groups to use Afghan terriroty to threaten the security of the United States and its allies. inews.co.uk
  • [New] The US Navy's Mideast-based 5th Fleet said Wednesday it will launch a new task force that incorporates airborne, sailing and underwater drones after years of maritime attacks linked to ongoing tensions with Iran. Al Arabiya English
  • [New] North Korea, which the International Atomic Energy Agency recently said could be resuming work on nuclear weapons, has refused to reopen nuclear dialogue with the US. the korea herald

Last updated: 14 September 2021


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