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A protest against U.S. President-elect Donald Trump near the Eiffel Tower, Paris, Nov. 19, 2016 (AP photo by Thibault Camus).

Can Trump Calm European Nerves Over His Election?

Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

The surprise election of Donald Trump as America’s 45th president has upset long-standing assumptions about America’s role in the world. It also calls into question the country’s future trajectory as the guarantor and administrator of the international order, a position that has been so carefully built and nurtured by Washington since the end of World War II. America’s European friends and allies are among those most worried about the future U.S. role in Europe, at a time when the continent is surrounded by instability and faces an increasingly aggressive Russia to its east.

This unease is understandable if one considers Trump’s rhetoric during both the primary and general election campaigns. ...

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