At the Heritage Foundation of Washington D.C. on July 8, 2010, Dr. Roy Godson and Dr. Richard Shultz presented a new important report on how the United States should organize in the ongoing global civil war. The report, Adapting America’s Security Paradigm and Security Agenda, has been produced with participation of senior security practitioners from democracies around the world under the auspices of the National Strategy Information Center in the U.S. capital.

Security challenges, so Godson and Schultz, are part of a conflict environment in which a number of armed groups and other non-state actors, sometimes aided by authoritarian states, are part. Patterns can be seen that will influence the ongoing global conflict for at least the coming 25 years.

The event was hosted by Dr. Ariel Cohen, who is a Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies.

The world has changed and there is a need for a new framework to defend against non-state actors. The number of states has grown and of the around 200 states of today only 50 are parliamentary democracies. Of the rest around 100 could be seen as more or less failing states.

Weak states are a growing threat to the West and the number of irregular actors will grow. What is needed today is a systematic development of American capabilities. International cooperation with other democracies is needed. There must be detailed local knowledge of the insurgencies and what is perhaps most important: the leaders of terror and insurgency groups must be identified.


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