Flashback: In Russia, Obama Declared ‘Great Power Conflict’ a Thing of the Past | Mediaite: "On September 6, 2013, with the Syrian civil war raging and widespread confirmation that President Barack Obama’s “red line” for intervention in that conflict had been crossed, the president traveled to Saint Petersburg in Russia for a G-20 summit. There, addressing the ongoing crisis, the president said that the kinds of threats America will confront in the future are those posed by failed states and non-state actors. He said that the kind of “great power conflict” that typified the last century were unlikely because they are no longer in any nation’s interest.
Speaking about the threat posed by the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons on its own people, the president stressed that the American people need to debate what the response of the United States and its allies should be. “These are going to be the kinds of national security threats that are most likely to recur over the next five, 10 years,” Obama said."
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