In the 16th century, control of colonies and gold bullion gave Spain the edge; 17th-century Netherlands profited from trade and finance; 18th-century France gained from its larger population, while 19th-century British power rested on its primacy in the Industrial Revolution and its navy. In the era of Kennedy and Khrushchev, power resources were measured in terms of nuclear missiles, industrial capacity, and numbers of men under arms and tanks lined up ready to cross the plains of Eastern Europe. But the global information age of the 21st century is quickly rendering these traditional markers of power obsolete, remapping power relationships
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"The World Needs an Arms-Control Treaty for Cybersecurity" is from the October 03, 2015 Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Joseph S. Nye Jr. and narrated by Jill Melancon.
During the early Cold War, the Dulles and Bundy brothers played critical roles in shaping U.S. foreign policy. New biographies make clear that the all four men had some common ideological blindspots. But how much of their worldview and behavior can be attributed to their WASP establishment backgrounds is an open question.
U.S. willingness—and ability—to sustain the international order are now in question. Yet the United States will remain the world’s leading military power for decades, and its role in stabilizing the world may be now more important than ever.