Changing the Playing Field: Non-Traditional Security Threats and the State of International Security
Whenever national security is brought up in public discourse, it is commonly thought of and discussed in stricter terms. Images of military personnel performing combat operations, government-sponsored hackers performing network intrusions, or hypersonic missile launches are among the first images. However, these are only part of the entire national security threats posing nation-states around the globe. Non-traditional security threats pose a real and serious challenge to the Intelligence Community and the U.S. national security strategy as a whole.
In advocating a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific, Joe Biden has pushed for closer ties with like-minded nations across the maritime region, amidst China’s aggressive behaviour on the international stage. At the core of this strategy, Biden has reached for a tool that was underused by his predecessor Donald Trump: the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, an informal security alliance comprising India, Australia, Japan and the United States (US).
Rhetorical attacks between China and the United States have arrived at an all-time high after the Eastern Giant has sparked world-wide antagonism with its crusade against human rights and its aggressive foreign policy. A confrontation between the two superpowers could bring disastrous consequences for both, but one of the most striking might be the ultimate vanishing of the Chinese Communist Party. If the party is to maintain its grip on China, it has to play its cards well, and a foreign port in Pakistan could play a major role in it.