Can the Next U.S. President Deliver on a Promise of Foreign Policy Restraint?

Can the Next U.S. President Deliver on a Promise of Foreign Policy Restraint?
President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for a trip to Vietnam to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, Feb. 25, 2019 (AP Photo by Evan Vucci).

In this week’s editors’ discussion on Trend Lines, WPR’s Judah Grunstein and Freddy Deknatel talk about debates over U.S. foreign policy in the context of the 2020 presidential election, particularly the emerging consensus in favor of a strategy of restraint. But how closely does the political embrace of ending America’s “forever wars” and avoiding costly new ones resemble the vision of restraint promoted by its policy-minded advocates? And how easy will it be for the next president to follow through on promises of restraint once in office?

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Trend Lines is produced and edited by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

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