‘Never More Adrift’: William J. Burns on Repairing U.S. Diplomacy After Trump

Ambassador William J. Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, at his desk in Washington, March 20, 2015 (Photo by Bill Clark for CQ Roll Call via AP Images).
Ambassador William J. Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, at his desk in Washington, March 20, 2015 (Photo by Bill Clark for CQ Roll Call via AP Images).
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In many ways, the foundations of American foreign policy have withstood President Donald Trump’s efforts to fundamentally remake them since taking office in January 2017. But if there is one area where Trump has had a clear and consistent impact, it is on American diplomacy. A hollowed-out State Department, a chaotic policy process and Trump’s transactional approach to foreign policy have undermined ties with America’s closest allies and partners, while creating uncertainty and confusion for both partners and adversaries. For this week’s interview on Trend Lines, WPR’s editor-in-chief, Judah Grunstein, is joined by William J. Burns to discuss the damage […]

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