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The Deconstruction of America’s Global Leadership
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The Deconstruction of America’s Global Leadership

If Trump's goal is to destroy America’s role as a global leader, it would likely be done by dismantling these five pillars of American leadership.

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  • Michael Fuchs

Stephen Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, has made it clear that the Trump administration wants to see the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” While this alarming philosophy has obvious consequences domestically, it is less clear what it means for U.S. foreign policy.

Based on what we’ve seen so far though, we have to begin to consider the possibility that an “America First” foreign policy is the natural extension of the deconstructive approach that Bannon outlined. There is growing evidence that Trump is gearing up for a proactive, all-out assault on the very structures of global influence and power that the United States built in the 20th century.

The above excerpt was originally published in Just Security. Click here to view the full article.

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Authors

Michael Fuchs

Senior Fellow