In January 2018, Secretary of Defense Mattis released the 2018 National Defense Strategy report, which concluded that we are facing increased global disorder, characterized by decline in the long-standing rules-based international order and creating a security environment more complex and volatile than any we have experienced in recent memory. The report identified the major threats facing the United States. At the top of the list was the return to great power competition with China and Russia, as well as challenges from rogue regimes North Korea and Iran, and non-state terrorist groups. The report also emphasized that the increasingly complex security environment is also defined by rapid technological change and increasing capabilities of mass disruption available to more and more adversaries with low barriers to entry. The growing chorus of policymakers, military and intelligence officials, and analysts calling for a cohesive response has elevated public awareness of these critical issues.
October 4, 2018
Ohio has been described as “ground zero” for the nation’s ongoing drug overdose epidemic. According to the Center for Disease Control, opioids – prescription and illicit – are the main driver of drug overdose deaths. Of the more than 64,000 drug overdose deaths reported in 2016, opioids were involved in 42,249 of those, and in Ohio alone 4,329 people died from opioid overdose. The crisis has had devastating effects locally, straining resources across multiple sectors such as public health, social services, addiction treatment, and law enforcement. After declaring a public health crisis in October 2017, in March President Trump said that he was working with Congress to find $6 billion in new funding for 2018 and 2019 to fight the crisis.
August 21, 2018
The Columbus Council on World Affairs (CCWA) is proud to announce that the 2018 International Organization of the Year Award will be presented to Columbus2020 for helping build Columbus into America’s First Globally Fluent Region. Highlights of the collaboration with CCWA include launching the bi-annual Global Report in 2012 and Global Fluency Training in 2015 which is now scaling nationally. Brookings Institution recognized this work as a model for aspiring metros. (Brookings 4/4/17).
May 3, 2018
May 1, 2018
Early in 2018, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission published a report which noted that the U.S. trade deficit in goods with China totaled $35.4 billion in November 2017, its highest monthly level in the past two years. The trade deficit with China is the United States’ largest in the world. Two days later, a report by the L.A. Times cited numerous experts who forecast a tense year ahead in U.S.-China trade relations. At the same time, regional issues – notably on the Korean peninsula – remain pressing on both countries’ national security agendas.
March 29, 2018
Today’s global economy demands that all professionals are able to interact with people from different cultural backgrounds in order to build effective and successful working relationships.
March 13, 2018
Global population experts agree that population aging is one of the most dramatic demographic shifts we are seeing today, and this trend will have profound changes for nearly every country in the world.
January 25, 2018
One of President Trump’s most aggressive campaign promises was to eliminate the twenty-three-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which in 1994 created a trilateral trade bloc between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, the largest trade bloc in the world. Since assuming office earlier this year, the Trump administration has softened somewhat its posture on NAFTA, no longer calling for its elimination but rather a renegotiation.
December 12, 2017
December 8, 2017
December 1, 2017
The Global Report inventories the region’s global data, provides relevant statistics and measures global fluency in Greater Columbus.
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