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Understanding America's Global Role in the Age of Trump

Rodger Baker
Senior VP of Strategic Analysis, Stratfor
Jan 3, 2017 | 08:07 GMT
Understanding America's Global Role in the Age of Trump
A Trump supporter holds a campaign prop of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan in November 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. President-elect Donald Trump has invoked Reagan's policy of "Peace Through Strength."
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The New Year, of course, is a time when many reflect on the past and look toward the future. The past provides potential lessons and cautions for those who would seek to find tomorrow's solutions in yesterday's actions. In his 1994 book Diplomacy, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wrote: "The study of history offers no manual of instructions that can be applied automatically; history teaches by analogy, shedding light on the likely consequences of comparable situations. But each generation must determine for itself which circumstances are in fact comparable." While Kissinger is explicit on the importance of studying and applying history to policy, he is as insistent that history not be misapplied, that the assessment of the past not lead to false conclusions for the present or the future. Today, the concept of "Peace Through Strength" popularized by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s is emerging as a mantra of...

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