After the 2020 presidential election, even if President Trump is defeated, there are some really tough global decisions that will have to be made.
First, even if Britain does not leave the EU, is the EU prepared to defend itself from internal conflicts and external threats? The reality is that NATO exists to prevent European nations from going to war with each other as much as it exists to defend against Russia.
Second, can America still afford to be the world’s global police force when Americans and other nations are no longer interested and willing to use military force unless directly attacked? What does this mean for a new President when it comes to dealing with Iran, protecting Israel, fighting terrorism and helping to ensure stability in the Middle East?
Third, can the world live with a nuclear Iran and North Korea? What price are Americans and others willing to pay, if any, to prevent that from happening? If it does happen, if it is not already the reality and we just don’t know, how will it change the existing global balance of power and the current dynamics of the Middle East?
Fourth, how much intellectual theft will China be allowed to get away with to build and dominate A.I. and its global economic impact as well as military might? How far we are from that tipping point is an open question but we are certainly moving in that direction unless something is done and done soon.
The technological interference in the 2016 election was a prelude to a new form of warfare. This new war is coming and America is not fully prepared nor are our allies and corporate enterprises. While we have been distracted playing politics over the past three years, our opponents have been organizing, preparing and growing stronger. Whether Congress impeaches the President or not, time is running out for us to be prepared for the new warfare that will be coming.
Over the past two Democratic presidential debates these major issues have not been the focus of discussion and debate but they must be a part of the conversation going forward.
Technology is not only changing our economy and the global nature of work, it is also reordering the old global order.
It’s time for a bigger and broader debate in the Democratic Presidential Debates focused on the future of work and the future of the global order from economics to foreign and military affairs that is bigger than simply just breaking up big tech.
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Hon. Robinson is the former Chairman, City of Houston Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee; Former Vice Chairman, Houston-Galveston Area Council Transportation Policy Council (H-GAC TPC) and Associate Professor of Public Administration, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University.