Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

When the National Security Debate Becomes a Culture War

Bringing the “culture war” to foreign policy would be a welcome turn of events because divisiveness over strategy or policy would make it more difficult for consensus to develop concerning which countries to attack.

By Kevin Brown, The American Conservative

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 sent shockwaves beyond America’s borders, part of a perceived nationalist-populist trend from Brexit to Eastern Europe to Asia. One thing that made Trump’s win unique was his intense criticism of China, a contrast with the more accommodationist attitudes that previous administrations had held. Trump also called for improving American relations with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Critical of the president’s attitudes towards China, prominent Democrats have urged a more aggressive approach towards Russia over the past four years.


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