Renouncing a Global Security Role Will Not Shield the U.S. From Conflict’s Effects

U.S. President Donald Trump appears to push past Dusko Markovic, Montenegro’s prime minister, during a meeting of NATO heads of state, Brussels, May 25, 2017 (AP photo by Matt Dunham).
U.S. President Donald Trump appears to push past Dusko Markovic, Montenegro’s prime minister, during a meeting of NATO heads of state, Brussels, May 25, 2017 (AP photo by Matt Dunham).
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When Donald Trump became the U.S. president in January, it was not clear if his foreign and national security policy would reflect the unorthodox ideas of his campaign or whether once in power he would move closer to traditional Republican positions. Trump’s just-completed foreign trip did not fully clarify that, but his prickly, almost hostile interaction with America’s NATO allies demonstrated that a foreign policy and national security revolution may be coming. As Ivo Daalder, the former U.S. envoy to NATO, put it, “This seems to be the end of an era.” Should such a transformation occur, the clearest signs […]

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