Is Trump Undermining the International Order Through Cunning, Strength or Weakness?

President Donald Trump arrives to speak about Iran from the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House, Washington, Oct. 13, 2017 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).
President Donald Trump arrives to speak about Iran from the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House, Washington, Oct. 13, 2017 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).
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When it comes to the destruction of international institutions and agreements, Donald Trump is more a tease than a terminator. The U.S. president often aims to undercut international cooperation, but dodges taking decisive action against his multilateral targets. Last week, for example, he announced two steps to weaken the United Nations system that were not quite what they first seemed. On Thursday, Trump pulled the U.S. out of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), arguing that it is endemically biased against Israel. But this was a largely symbolic move. The Obama administration cut off funding to UNESCO in […]

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