Kiron K. Skinner is the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. She is a member of three Hoover Institution projects: the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy; the working group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict; and the Arctic Security Initiative. At Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), she is founding director of the Center for International Relations and Politics; founding director of the Institute for Strategic Analysis; director of the Institute for Politics and Strategy.
According to the foreign-policy chattering class, Donald Trump is a purveyor of dangerous rhetoric and ideas, his statements are inconsistent, and he would lead the United States and the world into global chaos.
Just maybe, though, there is more intentionality to the presumptive Republican nominee’s foreign policy than the pundits and critics realize.
Put aside for a moment the criticisms—and even Trump’s own disparate statements about foreign policy in scores of interviews—and read (then re-read) Trump’s foreign policy speech of April 27. In it, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee articulates a vision for America’s role in the world that is at once within the mainstream of U.S. foreign policy but also not-so-subtly moves toward a vision of a world in which a strong America and its allies carry their fair share of the burden of global security.
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