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Macedonian police officers look as migrants gather to protest from the Greek side of the border fence between Macedonia and Greece, April 13, 2016 (AP photo by Boris Grdanoski).

Fragile and Failed States Could Get in the Way of Trump’s “America First” Agenda

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series inviting authors to identify the biggest priority—whether a threat, risk, opportunity or challenge—facing the international order and U.S. foreign policy today.

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office in January, he will be confronted with a number of global challenges that will test some of his most popular campaign rhetoric. As a candidate, Trump proposed an “America First” agenda that he used to explain his call for a fairer sharing of costs related to America’s military role abroad and reduced foreign assistance, among other promises. Such an agenda implies that U.S. global engagement may be more unilateral and selective based on a narrow interpretation of national security interests. His foreign policy team, however, may soon discover that implementing such a narrow agenda is remarkably difficult. ...

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