As the United States struggled to survive the recent recession, China quietly acquired a vast amount of U.S. Treasury bills and bonds. With China now holding so much of America's debt, currency valuation issues have already caused tensions between the two superpowers. Couple this with Iran's efforts to develop into a nuclear power in an area that lacks political stability, and the United States and China could soon find themselves in a global power tug-of-war.
Power, National Security, and Transformational Global Events: Challenges Confronting America, China, and Iran explores the shifts in power that have initiated major transformational events around the world. Expert contributors identify the major challenges that now confront America as a result of these transformations. Filled with authoritative insights into how current and emerging situations will impact the United States, the book illustrates the policy problems and limited choices facing America. It also:
- Describes the information technology and social media tools that were instrumental in the Arab revolution
- Provides the insights of experts from the Intelligence Community on emerging issues that will soon impact America
- Illustrates the policy problems involved in addressing the challenges with Iran
- Explores the rapid growth of China's economic wealth and military power
This much-needed reference describes and analyzes the emergence of cyber power and its capabilities for cyber attack, cyber warfare, and cyber defense. It examines the information revolution and social media instruments, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, in terms of their role and impact on the Arab revolution. It also discusses the fallacy of the decline of the United States as a superpower in terms of its formation and distribution of power resources and its continued formidable military and national security strengths.
Power Shifts and Transformational Global Events Nation/State Sources of Power Resources Transformational Global Events Globalization, Global Problems and Nation/State Singularity The 2008 Great Recession: Impact on Globalization Key Resource Drivers in Transformative Global Events America - Manage Global Stability China - Economic Growth and Attainment of Super Power States Future Key Resource Drivers Impact on Each Nation The Information Revolution - Emergence of Cyber Power Access, Power and control of Information Loss of State and Government Monopoly on Control of Information Individual Access to Information and Cyber Power Information Instruments of communication and Attack Cyber Espionage Cyber Attack Cyber Warfare Cyber Security Cyber Powers Role in Transformative Global Events Revolutionary Events in the Middle East Pivotal Nation/States in the Middle East which have Experienced Transformative Events Future Key Resource Drivers Impact on Region Israel/Palestine Future-a Nuclear Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, a Islamist Egypt and possibly Syria; and the checkmating of Israel's Response to Terrorism Rapprochement with Iran Iran's Paradigm for Expansion Options in Addressing Iran's Future Plans Iran's Expectation America's Expectation Mapping The Global Future of China and America Overview of China's Political History China's Purchase of U.S. Treasury Bill and Bonds China's Internal Concerns China's External Relationships China's Expectations America's Expectations Challenges Confronting the Global Transition of Power Hegemony and Nation/State Uneven Growth Paths The Fallacy of the Decline of America as a Super Power The Distribution of Power Resources American Power Resources China Power Resources Iran Power Resources Policy Implications - Strategic and Operational Summary and Conclusion Formation of Power Resources