American Diplomacy Links--October 2016.

Author:Clack, George

"Does Trump's Rise Mean Liberalism's End?"

The "Liberal Story" says that if we liberalize and globalize our political and economic systems, we will produce paradise on earth, or at least peace and prosperity for all. This is the paradigm that has dominated the world for the past few decades, but it is now collapsing, and so far no new story has emerged to fill the vacuum. Instead, we get Donald Trump.

By Yuval Noah Harari, the New Yorker. Harari, an Israeli historian, is a history professor at the the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.

"How Geography Explains Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton"

Because of its location, America can choose whether it wants to be a gatekeeper or a global policeman. The author summarizes a new book by Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former NATO secretary-general and Danish prime minister, who writes, "When it comes to the global village, the United States is a big, rich house with a wall and a moat around it.... that privileged position has allowed America to swing between two opposing roles."

By Uri Freidman, the Atlantic. Friedman is a staff writer at the Atlantic who covers global affairs.

"Course Correction"

U.S. foreign policy needs a serious analysis and thorough reappraisal. The authors argue that U.S. actions have exacerbated some of today's most ominous threats: terrorist attacks, China's power grab in East Asia, and Russia's annexing Crimea.

By Dimitri K. Simes, Pratik Chougule, and Paul J. Saunders, the National Interest. Simes is president of the Center for the National Interest and publisher & CEO of the National Interest journal. Chougule is the managing editor of the National Interest. He previously served as policy coordinator on the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee. Saunders is executive director of the Center for the National Interest and associate publisher of the National Interest.

"The Real Power of Putin"

This is a round-up review of eight recent books that take up the question of why Russia is not transitioning to democracy but appears in a state of regression with what some have called a "new tsar," a "new Russian empire," and a "new cold war." The...

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