The new president seems ignorant of the past and mistakes NATO’s 2-percent spending goal for loyalty.
Liberal World Order
The post-World War II liberal world order, defined by open markets, rules-based international cooperation and a benign American hegemony, has brought unprecedented peace and prosperity to the world. Yet it is now under threat from nationalists and isolationists in Europe and the United States as well as revisionists in China, Iran and Russia.
Unlike Russia and the United States, China does not seek to upend the world system.
European countries should circle the wagons, uphold liberal norms and deepen military cooperation outside NATO.
A policy of “America First” would leave everybody worse off, except maybe China, Iran and Russia.
The new president calls for a return to protectionism and an end to promoting democracy.
Barack Obama leaves America and the world better prepared for the tumultuous years that lie ahead.
China and Russia both challenge the West, but that doesn’t mean their interests are always aligned.
An America led by Donald Trump could pull out of trade deals and leave Europe to fend for itself.
The president argues that America’s choice is not between playing the world’s policeman and isolationism.
American and ASEAN leaders support a rules-based order while China deploys missiles to a contested island.