Redefining America

Redefining America
After a 20-year run as the world’s hegemonic power, the United States is retrenching. The Trump administration accelerated this process, answering China’s disruptive rise with an economic and military challenge, and using similar confrontational tactics with Iran. Domestically, the U.S. is doubling down on its faith in small government. American bilateralism’s key risk is estranging long-time partners needed to sustain its preeminence.

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President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper at a press conference

The U.S. will stay active on the arms control front

While arms control is unlikely to play an important role in the lead-up to the 2020 elections, the issue could resurface shortly after. The current administration is dissatisfied with the New START Treaty, from which the U.S. is likely to withdraw if President Trump is reelected. There has also been high-level criticism of the Treaty on Open Skies. Washington may seek new agreements involving China instead.

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