Policymakers are faced with a challenge that echoes the post World War II era.
External factors are likely to push the conflict beyond its borders.
The Russia-China gas pipeline is bringing the two Asian nations closer than ever before.
In the 5G race, China has made a new headway by launching the service commercially.
The Syrian fiasco will not affect the United States' future engagements in the Middle East.
The United States, the Middle East and the world, all cannot afford one.