Great-Power Competition Is Washington’s Top Priority—but Not the Public’s

China and Russia Don’t Keep Most Americans Awake at Night

Evgenia Novozhenina / Reuters

For all the acrimony in Washington today, the city’s foreign policy establishment is settling on a rare bipartisan consensus: that the world has entered a new era of great-power competition. The struggle between the United States and other great powers, the emerging consensus holds, will fundamentally shape geopolitics going forward, for good or ill. And more than terrorism, climate change, or nuclear weapons in Iran or North Korea, the threats posed by these other great powers—namely, China and Russia—will consume U.S. foreign-policy makers in the decades ahead. President Donald Trump’s administration has been a prime mover …