Despite Washington's efforts to construct stronger ties with China, relations between the two countries have been repeatedly buffeted by a series of tensions and misunderstandings.
European history is replete with moments which can offer insight into some of the more complex-and potentially disquieting-facets of China's emergence as a major geopolitical actor.
The Indian Navy has had to grapple for years with receiving only a meager portion of the nation's defense budget.
As European and international security experience transitional changes, it remains to be seen whether the United Kingdom will be able to continue to pursue a nuclear strategy defined by deterrence at the lowest possible levels of conflict.
Even after the world reaches the long-for goal of zero nuclear weapons, nuclear deterrence will continue to have a vital policy role for some time to come.
While an additional round of U.S.-Russian nuclear arms control is in the national security interest of the United States, carrying out a new round of arms control talks will be extremely difficult.
The next round of U.S.- Russia arms control presents some truly daunting challenges but there is much that the Obama administration could do in the remainder of its first term to lay the groundwork for another treaty while reducing nuclear risks.
As U.S. policy seeks to create the conditions that would allow for deep reductions in nuclear arsenals, the United States and Russia can undertake a practical approach to their stockpiles to 500 nuclear warheads each and those of other nuclear-armed states to no more than about half that number.