National Strategy for Domestic and International Issues
The Aspen Institute has released Domestic & International (Dis)Order: A Strategic Response, a report providing response recommendations for current domestic and international issues in the U.S. Specifically, the report focuses on “the rising domestic tensions in the United States; the future of U.S.-China relations given China’s increasing assertiveness; the global economic fallout from the pandemic; and the top foreign policy priorities for the U.S. going into 2021.” In terms of domestic concerns, the U.S. is facing racial tensions heightened by the current coronavirus pandemic, along with deep political divisions, causing social unrest and instability. Economics concerns, also heightened by the pandemic, are contributing to national security issues, both domestically and globally. High unemployment rates, opportunity gaps, and a lack of “effective global response” has weakened the U.S. economically and socially. In addition to this, the U.S. is facing several foreign relations issues including “managing the rise of China, climate change, the global assault on democracy, the ongoing threat of terrorism,” nuclear proliferation, and managing the “tense relationships with Russia, Iran, and North Korea.”
According to the report, the “first priority must be to set our own house in order” by overcoming the pandemic and “credibly deal[ing] with racial injustice, political polarization, and income inequality.” Increasing domestic stability will aid in overcoming international issues by “restor[ing] the international community’s faith” in the U.S., as well as solidify a competitive position in relation to China.