An Open World Is in the Balance. What Might Replace the Liberal Order?

International flags fly at the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, June 20, 2014 (U.S. Navy photo by James E. Foehl).
International flags fly at the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, June 20, 2014 (U.S. Navy photo by James E. Foehl).
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The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States imperils the liberal international order that America has championed since World War II. That open world was already operating under strain, challenged by rivals and upheaval abroad. But suddenly, it is vulnerable at home, too. A wave of angry populism has propelled to power a nationalist leader who campaigned on a promise to put “America First.” As a candidate, Trump questioned longstanding U.S. alliances like NATO, criticized international institutions like the United Nations, and promised to abandon major trade, arms control and climate agreements. Little wonder that liberal internationalists […]

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