Global Challenges

Meeting New Challenges


Global Challenges

The national flags of many countries fly on flagpoles grouped together against a night sky.

As global challenges continue to emerge, the United
States must work with other nations to solve them.

After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States became embroiled in a global war on terrorism. This ongoing war poses a particular challenge because it is against extremist groups within countries, but not necessarily against those countries themselves.

This is just one of the global challenges the United States has faced in recent years. The effort to stop the spread of nuclear weapons has called for careful negotiation and a firm approach with countries seeking to develop nuclear technology. Unrest in Southwest Asia and North Africa has required U.S. support, and pro-democracy protests brought new challenges to Arab countries. As the United States continues to serve as a global superpower, its leaders must balance the interests of this country with the interests of others.

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As you progress through the lesson, think about the following Focus Question:

focus question icon How might working more closely with allies help the United States build peace and security around the world?


  • Analyze efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons
  • Describe unrest in Southwest Asia and North Africa
  • Explain the Arab Spring
  • Analyze U.S. efforts to support other countries

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Key Words

  • Arab Spring
  • European Union
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
  • nuclear proliferation