Revisiting Orbis

Revisiting Orbis is a new feature by editor Nikolas K. Gvosdev, to go back into the archives of Orbis and to take a second look at articles, their predictions and their analysis, to see how they have held up over time, and to reconnect the past issues of the journal with present-day developments.

The First G-7 Summit in the Wake of the COVID Pandemic

The June summit of the Group of Seven—along with the participation of other major democratic states, especially from the Indo-Pacific basin—provides a first test of whether nation-states can increase their connective tissue to cope with transnational challenges which are...

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Revisiting the Perils of Forecasting

2021 appears to be shaping up as a year for media retrospection, whether in missing key developments, misinterpreting emerging trends, or simply failing at efforts to predict. Part of the criticism is that journalists have become less willing to...

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Small Satellite Proliferation, Advanced Technologies, and Their Security Implications

The growing presence of private companies in space, as well as the increase in the number and size of so-called “space junk,” is changing the nature of the last of the global commons. In contrast to the early years...

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Strategic Challenges Facing the Biden Administration: Advice from a Former National Security Advisor

President Joseph Biden will be engaged with the key U.S. partners at the Carbis Bay G-7 Summit, but which will also include India, South Korea, and Australia—the embryonic nucleus of a proposed D-10 (group of the ten leading democracies)....

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The Values Challenge and the Transatlantic Relationship

In his March 2021 letter transmitting his “interim national security strategic guidance” to the federal government, President Joseph Biden explicitly connected American national security with the challenge to “lift up our values at home and speak out to defend...

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Continuity in the National Interest? Assessing the Biden Administration’s Interim National Security Guidance

On March 3, 2021, the Biden administration released its “Interim National Security Strategic Guidance.” Two months into the new Chief Executive’s tenure, President Joseph Biden’s national security team wished to supersede national security guidance documents, beginning with the 2017...

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Biden Connects NATO to the China Challenge

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development Elbridge Colby and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy Ian Brzezinski discussed how the transatlantic alliance would need to pivot to cope with...

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Emerging Technologies and National Rejuvenation

In introducing the special Fall 2020 Orbis issue on emerging technologies and national security, guest editor Lawrence Rubin highlighted the importance of “novel technologies, including quantum technologies (such as advanced computing), autonomy, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), hypersonic weapons, biotechnologies,...

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China’s 5G Challenge to the U.S. is for … the Future

The United States risks falling behind the People’s Republic of China in the development and deployment of next generation technologies. Beijing has launched the world’s first quantum science satellite. It also is now poised to overtake Americans as the...

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The Global Order in a Zeitenwende

The post-Cold War period, defined by American leadership promoting garowing integration under a liberal framework—a process aided by changes and developments in technology—is giving way to a new epoch, in which the rise of other major powers, coupled with...

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