Will Trump Base U.S. Security Strategy on a ‘Clash Of Civilizations’ Outlook?

President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Giant Center, Hershey, Pa., Dec. 15, 2016 (AP photo by Matt Rourke).
President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Giant Center, Hershey, Pa., Dec. 15, 2016 (AP photo by Matt Rourke).

The presidency of Donald Trump promises to shake up American politics and break with the past in many ways. In foreign and security policy, one big change that seems likely is a transformation of U.S. policy toward Russia, since President-elect Trump has indicated he will shift the currently adversarial relationship toward one of greater cooperation. At first glance this seems perplexing given that Republicans have always led the opposition to Russia, whether in containing Soviet communism during the Cold War or attempting to block Russian President Vladimir Putin’s more recent efforts to regain control over the independent nations that were […]

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