From realignment with Russia to the revocation of global trade deals, is the Trump administration relapsing to an era we once thought confined to the dustbin of history?
- 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, David Sanger, and Hisham Melhem look at the threats to world order and U.S. foreign policy under a Trump administration.
Based on his slate of advisors and tweets so far, it seems that President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy is taking a giant leap backward. Will his apparent alignment with the anti-Europe movement, overtures to Vladimir Putin, and isolationist sentiments erode the international order and U.S. alliances? And could a rise in nationalism in the United States and abroad bring fundamental changes and realignments to American foreign policy? Or, like many other Trumpian claims, will these views pass?
The conversation then shifts to trade and economic policy: Trump’s economic platform was based on being anti-trade, but will the new administration stick to its calls to renegotiate trade agreements such as NAFTA and to scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership? And how will these policy proposals — which threaten enormous damage to Washington’s role as a global steward — make America great again?
David Sanger is the national security correspondent for the New York Times and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power. Follow him on Twitter at: @SangerNYT.