America First

Donald Trump’s transition from belligerent campaigner to 45th President of the United States has the world hooked. There is nothing novel in a new president setting out to be the antithesis of his predecessor – that was why Barack Obama, the ‘anti-Bush’, got to the White House.

The World Today Published 9 December 2016 Updated 30 September 2020 1 minute READ

Alan Philps

Former Editor, The World Today, Communications and Publishing

But as Adam Quinn points out, if we are to take any of Trump’s pronouncements at face value, his espousal of an America First policy with its implication of the end of the liberal consensus is alarming.

Robin Niblett pulls together the threads of two key events – Britain’s vote in June to leave the European Union and the Trump presidency. This is not the time for the UK to revert to a foreign policy of favouring the UK’s relationships with the United States, he argues, and Britain’s essential relationship is, and will remain, with Europe.

Many people will recall pictures earlier in 2016 of the captured Ukrainian helicopter pilot Nadiya Savchenko caged and emaciated in a Russian court, but refusing to confess to false charges of murder. What did she do next? Helen Fitzwilliam charts the course of the warrior-politician as she sets out to drain the swamp of Ukrainian politics.

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