Joseph S. Nye Jr.
Courtesy: Shizuoka Shimbun
Foreign policy has become a major issue in the 2016 American presidential election because Republican candidate Donald Trump has taken positions that challenge the old consensus on maintaining American alliances. The Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, upholds those traditional positions and represents greater continuity.
It is difficult to describe Trump’s foreign policy positions since he rarely spells them out. Rather, he expresses a set of attitudes that have been described as “nativist” or “America first,” that depart from the priority the U.S. has given to its alliances. Trump summarizes his position with the slogan “make America great again.” But that suggests America is in decline. Few Republican foreign policy experts agree, and 50 recently signed a letter saying they will not vote for Trump.
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