An Optimist’s Guide to Donald Trump’s World Order

President-elect Donald Trump at the Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, N.J., Nov. 20, 2016 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).
President-elect Donald Trump at the Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, N.J., Nov. 20, 2016 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).
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Is it time to be optimistic about Donald Trump? Since Trump won the U.S. presidential election, liberal foreign policy commentators have split into two camps. Some have stuck to their pre-electoral stances that Trump’s election could signal the implosion of American power and principles. Others have started to reassess their views, resulting in a spate of think pieces explaining why the next president-elect could prove a moderate pragmatist in office. I made my own minor contribution to this somewhat spineless school of literature last week, arguing that Trump could come to recognize the value of United Nations mediators and peacekeepers. […]

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