Will Trump Be Able to Resolve the Tensions in His National Security Policy?

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally, Fayetteville, N.C., Dec. 6, 2016 (AP photo by Gerry Broome).
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally, Fayetteville, N.C., Dec. 6, 2016 (AP photo by Gerry Broome).
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During the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, it was hard to get a firm grasp on Donald Trump’s intended national security policy. His own lack of experience and his campaign’s scarcity of advisers steeped in defense issues led candidate Trump to rely on broad themes and searing criticism of the policies of the Obama administration—and by extension Hillary Clinton’s likely approach to the world. Now, with only weeks until Trump takes office, he has much of the senior echelon of his national security team in place and is beginning to flesh out his policy. As the Trump strategy emerges, the tensions […]

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