The position of the United States in the world vis-à-vis the globe's other sovereign nations is a subject of intense interest to U.S. citizens. As the world's sole remaining super power, the U.S. stands in the twin positions of guarding and protecting its own national interests while advancing the extraordinary progress which has been made over the past 300 years in the extension of human liberty, individual freedom and democratic government around the world.
After the devastating attacks on American soil in September, 2001, the question of our alliances became pressing. It appeared that a new force threatened the peace and stability of the world and in order to confront and defeat that force, the United States needed to assess not only the quantity of its current alliances, but the quality of those alliances as well.
The citizens of the United States are therefore eager to ascertain the degree to which they can depend on their friends around the world and identify those who persist as enemies.
This report seeks to answer this question: Which of the nations of the world is the United States of America most likely to be able to rely upon in the defense its own national interests while advancing the global values upon which the American national experiment rests?