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increase defense spending and tamp

down partisanship. I was frankly sur-

prised not to find Heritage Foundation

papers listed in the endnotes, because

much of this chapter could have been

lifted from them.

Just before the book went to press in

January, Haass added a brief foreword,

which concludes as follows:

“One result of the election is greater

uncertainty over the future trajectory of

U.S. foreign policy. As the subtitle of this

book suggests, support for the old order

has crumbled, the result of heightened

economic anxiety at home (often associ-

ated with globalization, free trade and

immigration) and growing doubts about

the costs and benefits associated with

what the United States has been doing

abroad, including fighting several open-

ended wars in the Middle East and

supporting allies in Europe and Asia.

It is significant that Donald Trump,

the winning candidate, called for putting

America First.

“It is, of course, impossible to know

what sort of foreign policy will emerge

from the United States and how other

countries will react. Still, it is difficult

not to take seriously the possibility that

one historical era is ending and another


With uncertainty still the dominant

feature of U.S. foreign policy, let us hope

that Mr. Haass’ thoughtful, reality-based

recommendations will be given the

consideration they deserve by the Trump

administration’s national security and

foreign policy team.


Steven Alan Honley, a State Department

Foreign Service officer from 1985 to 1997,

was editor in chief of

The Foreign Service


from 2001 to 2014.

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