Watching The Extraordinary Rise Of Donald Trump 's Presidential Campaign

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Watching the extraordinary rise of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and subsequent capture of the Republican Party nomination in 2016, both observers and the official chattering classes have pondered what this means for the future foreign policy of the United States. Trump’s strident opposition to free trade, disdain for NATO and the US-Japan alliance, and willingness to ban all Muslims from entering the US do represent a stark break from 64 years of Republican national security orthodoxy. With every Republican nominee from Dwight Eisenhower to Mitt Romney, the Republican Party gave strong support to the large international role the United States played on the world stage and the web of alliances and treaties that underscored it. While there have been Republican voices in the post-Cold War era who have challenged this internationalist foundation, none of them were able to seize the glittering tiara of the presidential nomination. The Trump victory in the primaries overturns decades of GOP positions on foreign policies. Yet is this the triumph of a single candidate or a fundamental shift in opinion within the party grassroots? And if this is a new direction, how much of this change can be attributed to the Iraq War and its disastrous consequences? While Donald Trump’s foreign policy statements may come off as spontaneous and incoherent at times, what about their longevity? Unless Donald Trump wins a sizable victory in November, it’s likely that it’s a short lived

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