In Europe, the ancien régime of the moderate Right and Left is falling prey to the disruptors—mainly rightwing populists, but also non-threatening environmentalists like the surging German Greens who appeal to the center.
Alliances die when they win. So NATO should have gone the way of all flesh when the Soviet Union committed suicide in 1991. Yet it has not only endured, but also expanded. And based on enduring interest, the Alliance will survive Donald Trump, too.
Published: Apr 05, 2019
(Mrs. James Ward Thorne, Art Institute of Chicago)
At half-time, Donald Trump has demolished a lot and rebuilt nothing. Even his short-term foreign policy successes have proven brittle. And in the longer term, his not-so-grand strategy—aka “America First”—may well prove costly, as it always has for America.
Why are ordinary folks willing to spend $13.50 for a mug of beer, and why are the grandees of global business willing to drop half a million for a “strategic partnership” with the World Economic Forum? The answers are not so far apart.
Predictions of America’s inevitable decline are like repertory theater, put on stage once every decade since the 1950s. For all his arrogance and nastiness, Donald Trump may flummox the doomsayers again.