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Josef Joffe on Trump’s Foreign Policy

Writing in The Guardian, TAI’s own Josef Joffe takes stock of the President-elect’s recent interviews and the likely implications of Trumpist policy on Europe and the world:

First, a deal with Russia that leaves the Europeans twisting in the wind. The purpose of such a twosome is a hands-on alliance against Isis and a tacit one against China to stop its forward march in the Pacific. Second, indifference to Europe and Nato, the two pillars of American grand strategy for 70 years.

Third, let’s put the axe to the liberal trading system the United States built and safeguarded ever since the Bretton Woods order, from which the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation grew, was established in 1944. Finally, raise high the walls of the nation state in order to keep out goods and people, and keep in capital and jobs.

Does this sound like a remake of the 1920s and 1930s? It does – 100 years later. The first world war ended Globalisation 1.0, circa 1850 to 1914, Trump promises to bring down Globalisation 2.0, born in the 1970s.

Joffe, a member of The American Interest‘s executive committee and editor of the German weekly Die Zeit, is always worth reading for a look at how Europeans are perceiving developments here in the United States. Take the time to read his whole piece here.

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