Magazine article Foreign Policy

Mad Libs: War Edition: What's on the Horizon for Warfare in 2012? FP Asked Some of the World's Top Experts to Fill in the Blanks

Magazine article Foreign Policy

Mad Libs: War Edition: What's on the Horizon for Warfare in 2012? FP Asked Some of the World's Top Experts to Fill in the Blanks

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THE MOST OVERLOOKED NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT TO THE U.S. IS ... U.S. economic decline.--THOMAS BOWDITCH, PAUL KAPUR, EDWARD LUTTWAK * The global proliferation of cheap surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles. --SPENCER ACKERMAN * A weak China.--KRISTIN LORD * Gun swarms.--JOHN ARQUILLA * Christian extremism.--GEORGE PERKOVICH * Saudi Arabia's fragility.--PETER W. SINGER * Cyberattacks--ROBERT D. KAPLAN * The spread of precision-guided weaponry and supporting capabilities.--THOMAS MAHNKEN * Overreactions to security threats.--BENJAMIN H, FRIEDMAN * Pandemics.--DAVID BARNO * WMDs, --FRANK CARLUCCI * Global warming--JOHN NAGL * The deficit.--IAN LIVINGSTON * Our inability to learn from our past mistakes.--CHRISTOPHER PREBLE

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AL QAEDA IS ... Sliding toward strategic defeat.--GRAHAM ALLISON * Weakened but still lethal.--ROBERT D. KAPLAN * Dangerous, vulnerable, but still persistent.--THOMAS BOWDITCH * Yesterday's terrorism problem.--ERIK DAHL * Nearly defunct.--DAVID BARNO * Through as an organization, but still alive as an organizational concept for other groups. THOMAS KEANEY * Dead.--EDWARD LUTTWAK * Like Godfather's Pizza: It never was that successful, but we are likely to hear from nutjobs who were part of it for years to come. --PETER W. SINGER * Toast.--DONALD M. SNOW * Losing the war of ideas among Muslims,--KORI SCHAKE

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THE EXAMPLE OF PENTAGON BLOAT THAT MAKES ME ANGRIEST IS ... The F-35. --JOHN ARQUILLA ("A trillion dollars for a new fighter, when we've had only one fighter shot down by an enemy fighter in 40 years, is a sheer waste."), THOMAS H. JOHNSON, PAUL KAPUR, BARRY POSEN, PETER W. SINGER * The preposterous number of U. …

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