Criticize Trump’s Worldview for Its Weaknesses, but Take It Seriously

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign event, Racine, Wisc., April 2, 2016 (AP photo by Paul Sancya).
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign event, Racine, Wisc., April 2, 2016 (AP photo by Paul Sancya).

Donald Trump’s foreign policy vision, which he articulated in recent interviews with The New York Times and The Washington Post, has been greeted by many international affairs pundits with horror, derision and disdain. One thing it should not be, however, is dismissed. To be sure, Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, expresses his views in a provocative and confrontational manner. The views themselves certainly stand in stark contrast to current U.S. foreign policy orthodoxy, a product of more than 70 years of evolution since World War II. Nevertheless, though iconoclastic, they are not quite as unprecedented as many […]

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