America still stands as the world’s most powerful country, a global force for shaping a world order that prizes liberty and human dignity. But the 21st century has seen proliferating threats by despotisms, terrorist groups and other malign actors, targeting the U.S. and what it stands for, and seeking to reorient the world order in ways that stifle freedom. The greatest threat today comes from an increasingly totalitarian and aggressive China, allied with such predatory tyrannies as Russia, Iran and North Korea. In standing up to these threats, America is mounting a vital defense of our own freedom and security, and the future of a civilized and peaceful world order.
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, marking the end of the long Cold War, the U.S. swooped in not as conqueror but as a partner, aiming to help Russia replace the debris of its destitute and brutal communist system with a market economy and democratic institutions. The hope was…Read Feature