America’s adversaries are almost certain to challenge President Donald Trump early on to test his inexperience in national security affairs. How he and his team respond will determine whether other adversaries mount challenges of their own. What is unclear is which of America’s adversaries will move first.
Americans are watching with great interest to see how exactly the Trump administration manages bilateral ties with Russia and how Donald Trump deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This is not a positive development for the incoming president, given Americans’ deep distrust of Moscow and Putin.
As Donald Trump prepares to assume the presidency of the United States, the contest with China for influence in Asia continues apace. The region’s ambiguous response to President Barack Obama’s rebalance or “pivot” owes less to any U.S. shortcoming than to the potency of its competitor, China.