Regardless of who occupies the White House, the most difficult challenges that the United States and other governments around the world face are dealt with over time spans counted in years, and often decades. Yet, each year of a US presidency contributes to crucial global action that cannot be squandered or reversed if nations are to successfully confront the various crises that they face. In short, US leadership matters.
In this issue, four top experts assess the Trump administration’s performance in regard to the major, continuing global threats at the heart of the Bulletin’s mission: nuclear weapons, climate change, man-made biological agents, and cyber attacks on democracy.
Here’s what you need to know:
Introduction: The Trump administration’s approach to existential threat
Through a fractured looking-glass: Trump’s nuclear decisions so far
Real-world headwinds for Trump climate change policy
Joseph E. Aldy
The Trump’s administration’s misaligned approach to national biodefense
Moving slowly, not breaking enough: Trump’s cybersecurity accomplishments
Steven Weber and Betsy Cooper
A history of US nuclear weapons in South Korea
Hans M. Kristensen and Robert S. Norris
Free-access interview with Noam Chomsky:
Noam Chomsky: In the Trump era, severe threats to “organized human life”
The Chilean electricity sector confronts climate change
Camila Carrasco and Robert Rosner