Economic Strategy and National Security: A Next Generation Approach

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Chapter 20
Mainstreaming the Americas

Eric Farnsworth


Introduction

The definition of U.S. national security has been broadened considerably by foreign policy elites and non-elites alike as we cross the threshold of a new century. To be sure, the world will always remain a dangerous place in traditional terms, as the on-again, off- again crises in the Balkans, the ongoing tension between China and Taiwan, the two Koreas, and India and Pakistan so clearly show. These types of threats must continue to be addressed on a priority basis. Even so, new threats are emerging as old ones fade away.

The next generation security agenda is filled with "kitchen- table" issues that deeply affect the people of the United States, as this volume has discussed. Jobs and personal financial security depend on international trade, integrated financial markets, and stable, open-market economies. National energy security depends on an uninterrupted supply of oil from friendly, stable sources. Personal physical security depends on halting nuclear proliferation, stanching the flow of illegal narcotics to our shores, breaking up cross-border criminal gangs and mafias, and protecting against the threat of terrorism. Illegal immigration tests our abilities to secure

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