Eurasian Invasion

The world may be getting ready to ally against us—and that’s not even the worst-case scenario.

Issue: May-June 2008

ONE OF the defining features of the post-cold-war era is the absence of a peer or near-peer competitor to the United States. This reality, combined with the military inferiority of regional adversaries, has meant that the United States and its allies have enjoyed considerable freedom of action in imposing their will on midsize and smaller states that persistently pursue policies either in gross violation of international norms or counter to U.S. and allied interests.

Unfortunately for America, this is unlikely to be a permanent feature of the international security landscape. So what could the future hold? What should we be preparing for?

One very plausible-and very less-than-desirable-scenario looks something like this. We call it the "Eurasian entente."


The Eurasian Entente

You must be a subscriber of The National Interest to access this article. If you are already a subscriber, please activate your online access. Not a subscriber? Become a subscriber today!