American Diplomacy Links--March/April 2017.

Author:Clack, George
Position:Internet Article FYI

March/April 2017

The Twilight of the Liberal World Order

Out with Globalization, In with Tillerson

How To Build an Autocracy

Former U.S. Ambassador To Russia Talks

Trump And Putin

Losing the Information War

The Fate of VOA in the Balance

Ukraine Reckons With Trump

An Interview with Retired General Stanley


Foreign Sources

Why the Elites Always Rule

We Have at Most a Year To Defend

American Democracy, Perhaps Less

Alfano: Europe Has Nothing to Teach the U.S.

Zeman: Accepting Refugees Plays into ISIS's Hands

"The Twilight of the Liberal World Order"

In recent years, the liberal world order that has held sway over international affairs for the past seven decades has been fragmenting under the pressure of systemic economic stresses, growing tribalism and nationalism, and a general loss of confidence in established international and national institutions. The incoming U.S. administration faces a grave challenge in determining whether it wishes to continue to uphold this liberal order, or whether it is willing to accept the consequences that may result if it chooses to abandon America's key role as a guarantor of the system it helped to found and sustain. By Robert Kagan, Brookings Big Ideas for America. Kagan is a senior fellow with the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. He is a contributing columnist at the Washington Post. His most recent book is The World America Made (2012).

"Out with Globalization, In with Tillerson"

Incoming Secretary of State Rex Tillerson needs to realize that the Obama administration's emphasis on "soft power" is not necessarily smart thinking. "It makes sense," writes the author, " to first organize the State Department to deal with the top issues of hard-core diplomacy: returning peace and stability to regions of the world critical to U.S. interests. Secretary Tillerson should start by dismantling all the infrastructure created over the last eight years and pushing resources back into the regional desks, overseen by responsible, competent political appointees."

By James Jay Carafano, the National Interest. A Heritage Foundation vice president, James Jay Carafano directs the think tank's research on foreign relations and national security issues...

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