The Trump administration’s unpredictable foreign policy could force the United States into an unintended conflict.
- By David RothkopfDavid Rothkopf is visiting professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His latest book is The Great Questions of Tomorrow. He has been a longtime contributor to Foreign Policy and was CEO and editor of the FP Group from 2012 to May 2017.
On this week’s episode of The E.R., David Rothkopf, Kori Schake, Rosa Brooks, and Ben Pauker brainstorm various scenarios where the Trump administration could be engaged in an armed conflict. At the top of the list is a conflict with Iran as a result of the mounting tensions between Tehran, the Trump administration, Israel, and America’s other regional allies. With an actor as irrational as the commander-in-chief, could unintended consequences spark a war with the Islamic Republic?
Almost one month into the Trump presidency, the only thing consistent about the administration has been its inconsistency. So where else in the world could a crisis arise? The South China Sea? North Korea? Israel? Belarus or Latvia? These are merely predictions and scenarios, but — as we now all know — anything can happen.
Rosa Brooks is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and teaches international law, national security, and constitutional law at Georgetown University. She is the author of the newly released book “How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything.” Follow her on Twitter: @brooks_rosa.
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