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a year in the White House, Donald Trump is suffering as much from his own
erratic personality as from the burden of office. Foreign policy in the
traditional, institutional sense has ceased to exist, and the way the president
and Congress operate suggests there will be little room for maneouver once
domestic troubles start to mount. Miscalculation and overreaction become
increasingly likely as the global arena grows more precarious.
Dr. Uwe Nerlich
politicians seem to be reacting to events rather than leading. Part of the
problem is the plethora of high-profile international summits, which make for
good photo opportunities but don’t offer any occasion for deeper discussions.
The whirlwind trips give them little time to think through strategy and future
scenarios, making them more likely to act in terms of political expedience.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Russians are not gleeful
about the leadership vacuum in the West. There is a sense that the failure of Pax Americana has left them bereft and
vulnerable. Faced with a decaying imperial center, peripheral states such as
Russia or Turkey have had to assemble their own, “surrogate” order from the
Dr. Svyatoslav Kaspe
On January 21, 2017, the 45th President of the United States will be inaugurated. Changes of administration in Washington differ from those in other democracies. If the Republicans win the White House, up to 5,000 senior officials will be replaced; the outgoing Democrats will become something of a “government in exile.” But next year will be even more of a departur...
Immigration is one of the many pressing issues that European policymakers failed to resolve in 2015. Not only were they unable to arrive at a common view; they could not even agree to a consistent road map. Prime Minister David Cameron’s demands to limit welfare benefits and the threat of Brexit may be giving Brussels an unexpected chance to put things right.
Professor Enrico Colombatto
Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin