American Diplomacy Links--May 2016.

Author:Clack, George
Position:Internet Article FYI

May 2016

Trump vs. Hillary Is Nationalism vs. Globalism, 2016

The Art of the Military Deal

What Trump Gets Right About NATO With Term Waning, Barack Obama Aims to Stabilize Relations in Middle East

U.S. Strategy and the War in Iraq and Syria

Can the United States Avert Disaster in Iraq?

A Caliphate Under Strain: The Documentary Evidence ISIS and the 'Loser Effect' The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama's Foreign-Policy Guru

Rhodes to Ruin

Why Political Prisoners Matter

Alternative Perspectives on Encryption

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"Trump vs. Hillary Is Nationalism vs. Globalism, 2016"

Globalists long ago captured the bulk of the nation's elite institutions--the media, academia, big corporations, big finance, Hollywood, think tanks, NGOs, charitable foundations. So powerful are these institutions that the elites running them assumed that their political victories were complete and final. Yet the rise of Donald Trump has been fueled by his anti-globalist, pro-nationalist agenda on issue after issue. That is this election's real political fault line.

By Robert W. Merry, the National Interest. Merry is political editor of the National Interest. His most recent book is Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians.

"The Art of the Military Deal"

Donald Trump has a point about America dramatically outspending its allies on its armed forces. On balance, however, Trump's explanation of the economics of America's security alliances misses several core realities. First and foremost, the broad coalition of U.S.-led Western alliances accounts for some two-thirds of world GDP and two-thirds of global military spending. This situation is exceedingly advantageous to America.

By Michael E. O'Hanlon, the National Interest and Brookings Blogs. O'Hanlon is a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, and American national security policy.

"What Trump Gets Right About NATO"

Because the Cold War dictated tight solidarity among all alliance members, the original NATO truly was an alliance as traditionally understood. But now, post-1989, in the absence of any existential threat, regional crises impact NATO member states in very different ways, and...

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