What Does Trump’s Election Victory Mean? Learning to Live With Uncertainty

President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally, Nov. 9, 2016, New York (AP photo by John Locher).
President-elect Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally, Nov. 9, 2016, New York (AP photo by John Locher).
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Does Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States signal an existential crisis for the liberal internationalist global order? Will it usher in a period of heightened barriers to trade and dialogue, with one-sided ultimatums replacing diplomatic negotiations and compromise? Will the U.S.-backed security architectures in Europe and Asia crumble into the kind of epochal chaos currently on display in the Middle East? It is easy at times like these to fall prey to panic and despair—to believe, in essence, one’s own campaign rhetoric. But while all of the above scenarios remain possible, for now they are off in […]

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