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Foreign Policy From the Fertile Plains

MIN READNov 9, 2016 | 06:05 GMT

Donald J. Trump is the next president of the United States. When he takes office, conflicts around the world will demand his attention.

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The votes are in. The election is over. Donald J. Trump is the next president of the United States. The amount of vitriol that flooded this campaign season will leave much of America with a heavy hangover Wednesday morning. But many can agree that the democratic experience itself, no matter how clumsy and how bizarre, is still something to marvel at. This was an election that brought a significant number of Americans out to vote. The intensity of the debate and the drama of the election night itself has compelled the New Yorker-reading, craft beer-drinking technologist in San Francisco to consider what the Breitbart-reading, firearm-carrying Wal-Mart cashier in Wilmington thinks and cares about. Whether this election was about preserving one's worldview against demographic and technological odds or about propelling one's worldview against a wave of nativism, a vote is still a very personal and thus emotional act....

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