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Trump Abroad: a Wild Card or Era of Neorealism?

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Beneath Trump’s mix of impulses is a nugget of foreign policy realism. He’s said, for example, we need to be more balanced in our approach to Israel and cautious about Americanizing problems that ought better to be addressed by the regions they are in.

And I think underlying this may be a realist sensibility that wants to undo American foreign policy by inertia and not bandwagon into neoconservative or liberal interventionist crusades to remake the world in America’s image. Trump appears ready to apply the “muscle” of the presidency to foreign relations without venturing into the burdens of nation-building.

Steve Clemons, Editor at Large, The Atlantic

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