In the recent years, the Chinese military capabilities in the waters of the Yellow Sea, East China Sea, and South China Sea, have increased dramatically. The United States has lost its unequivocal military superiority in the Pacific. Americans can no longer count on a quick and decisive victory in case of a military clash with China. Meanwhile, the territorial disputes between China and some of US allies and partners in the Asia Pacific Region increases the likelihood of American-Chinese military conflict.
The reasons for the collapse of the IMF Treaty are diverse. The Treaty appeared in the bipolar era – and now we live in a multipolar world, where different centers of power coexist, pursuing their own interests. In addition, the military-technical progress achieved in recent years was bound to erode the strategic balance between nuclear "superpowers" that had emerged during the cold war.
The demise of this crucial disarmament agreement will have the most negative consequences for the entire disarmament and non-proliferation mechanisms. The collapse of the INF Treaty could be the final nail in the coffin of arms control. Given the close and inextricable link between disarmament and non-proliferation, the non-proliferation process is not likely to survive the collapse of arms control. The consequences for international security can be totally unpredictable – unstable States in a state of permanent hostility with the outside world may obtain nuclear weapons. In order to solve the problem of nuclear stability, there is absolutely no alternative to engaging other nuclear powers, including undeclared ones, in a dialogue on this issue, as well as the need to take into account the consequences of military – technical progress over the last third of a century since the signing of the INF Treaty.
The demographic changes in the US have influenced the political life of the country in recent decades, and will continue to do so in the future with growing intensity. One of the key trends in US demographics since the early 1990s, and especially in the last decade, is the rapid of growth of the Asian American community. According to most estimates, by 2050, Asian Americans will be the largest group among recent immigrants, and will constitute a significant proportion of the population in general. Yet the political activity of this community, including its growing importance in local and state-level elections, remains understudied. The significant changes in both the nature and the political orientation of this activity which took place in the last few years are generally overlooked. The purpose of this article is to examine those recent developments and the possibilities of future transformations.
The U.S. national system of innovation (NSI) is one of the most successful in the world. However, the U.S. has been losing ground to China in the global economy, research and innovation. The paper discusses the current shape of the American NSI and its bottlenecks.