Modern western leaders might wish to consider that, in the end, what killed the Soviet system was not Reagan’s Star Wars, or even the scarcity of goods in the shops. What actually did it was the loss of public faith in the domestic political system. So, improve or beware of exposure.
A lingering sense of vulnerability from the attacks on September 11 indicates the severity of that trauma, and subsequent shocks like the global financial crisis deepened the psychological damage. The United States, as a country, is still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Dalton is the co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. An expert on nonproliferation and nuclear energy, his work addresses regional security challenges and the evolution of the global nuclear order.
Distinguished Fellow International Economics Program
Naím is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where his research focuses on international economics and global politics. He is currently the chief international columnist for El País, Spain’s largest newspaper, and his weekly column is published worldwide.
Nakhle is a nonresident scholar at Carnegie Middle East Center, specializing in international petroleum contracts and fiscal regimes for the oil and gas industry, world oil and gas market developments, energy policy, and oil and gas revenue management.
Rothkopf, author of the recent book National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear, served as deputy undersecretary of commerce for international trade policy in the Clinton administration.
Nonresident Senior Associate Nuclear Policy Program
Schulte is a nonresident senior associate in the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program, where his research focuses on the future of deterrence, nuclear strategy, nuclear nonproliferation, cybersecurity, and their political implications.