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Trump’s Putin summit: a slippery slope to a violent, darker world
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Trump’s Putin summit: a slippery slope to a violent, darker world

Author Michael Fuchs explains the potential danger of forming alliances with authoritarian leaders, such as the presidents of Russia and China.

If you think that this hypothetical future news story is hyperbolic, then that’s because America and the world must wake up to the dangerous events happening right before our eyes.

Foreign policy often moves slowly, with ramifications only visible months or years later: when the US assisted the South Vietnam government in the 1950s, few could see the 58,000 American military dead in the Vietnam war; as the US helped overthrow the democratically elected leader of Iran in 1953, it was difficult to see the 1979 revolution that resulted in a dictatorship that would become America’s main enemy in the Middle East; and too few officials saw that invading Iraq in 2003 would blow up the entire Middle East.

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Michael Fuchs

Senior Fellow