Issues / War & Peace
The radical Islamist message falls on fertile ground.
If nothing is done to take international action to strengthen the ban on germ weapons, the future may hold far more damaging attacks with newer and deadlier agents, genetically engineered to be unidentifiable and untreatable.
In the aftermath of the September 11 tragedies, arms production and sales worldwide will likely continue their upward trajectory--encouraged by national policies and supported by multilateral economic institutions.
Operation Enduring Freedom
The costs of fixing America's nuclear vulnerabilities may be high, but the price of doing too little may prove far greater.
Since September 11, the United Nations has gained a rare prominence in Washington's calculations.
Afghanistan's complex and violent tribal and ethnic politics has swallowed up great powers before. It remains to be seen whether the United States will become the next victim.
To reach its public diplomacy goals, the U.S. will need to master the tools of intercultural and public communication.
Some new policies resemble extremism more than the values our country was founded upon.
But as we confront this new war on terrorism we must remember what did not change on September 11th: The greatest potential danger to the U.S. and world remains the threat posed by nuclear weapons.