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Sovereignty in the Spotlight: What Trump Gets Right and Wrong


Tomorrow evening President Donald J. Trump will give his first State of the Union address. Given his focus on sovereignty during his first address to the UN General Assembly in September, we should expect to see President Trump once again invoke the contested and often misunderstood concept of American sovereignty.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to have some fascinating discussions about my book, The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World, with some great people around the country. I hope the following links to those conversations will be of interest in advance of what is likely to be an interesting State of the Union address.

I sat down with Jane Wales, CEO of the World Affairs of Northern California and Global Philanthropy Forum, in San Francisco at an event titled “The Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy: Back to the Future?” We discussed what is behind President Trump’s America First doctrine and what it signals for the future of U.S. global leadership and international cooperation. You can watch a video of our discussion here.

I visited the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia to discuss The Sovereignty Wars with John A. Nagl, a member of FPRI’s Board of Advisors and senior fellow in the program on National Security.  Read More


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