Doctrine and Trump’s Foreign Policy

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by Paul R. Pillar The urge within the commentariat to describe every president’s foreign policy in terms of some clearly defined doctrine is as strong as ever, but Donald Trump presents would-be doctrine-definers with perhaps their toughest challenge yet. This… Continue Reading  

Who’s Afraid of John Bolton?

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by William D. Hartung The appointment of uber-hawk John Bolton as Donald Trump’s national security advisor has understandably sparked concerns among groups on the center-left who rightly fear that it raises the prospects for war against Iran, North Korea, or… Continue Reading  

Trump v. Clinton: What’s a Good Neocon to Do?

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by Jim Lobe There have been some reports—most recently, in The Intercept—that neoconservatives, most of whom have indeed expressed a strong dislike for Donald Trump, are now moving to support Hillary Clinton. This assessment is based primarily (and exclusively in… Continue Reading  

The Neocon-Liberal Hawk Convergence is Worse Than I Thought

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by Jim Lobe Late last month, I published a post entitled “Hillary’s Foreign Policy: A Liberal-Neoconservative Convergence?” that featured the announcement of a new report by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) to be rolled out May 16.… Continue Reading  

Neocons for Trump?

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by Eli Clifton The dominant media narrative is that an insurmountable chasm exists between Donald Trump and the neoconservative wing of the Republican Party. Derek Davison and Jim Lobe mapped out the contours of that divide, pointing to Trump’s isolationist… Continue Reading