Two years into his administration, Donald Trump’s war on the liberal international order is still gathering steam, and the costs are mounting. As America abdicates global leadership, traditional allies are reeling, authoritarians are rejoicing, rivals are emboldened, and the world drifts without clear direction.
The Trump Era
Last week, I argued that America’s grand strategy, based on global leadership and a network of alliances and partnerships, is on its last legs as the world changes and the domestic consensus for it erodes. What would its unraveling look like in the three most important regions for U.S. foreign policy?
As American power wanes in absolute and relative terms, the earnest officials who have designed and led U.S. assistance programs are working hard to sustain and even strengthen this key component of America’s international engagement. It’s a daunting task, given the disparaging views of aid in the White House.