World Policy Newsletter, Week of December 16th

The World Responds to Trump

In the weeks since Donald Trump won the U.S. election, global leaders have responded to early indications of the president-elect’s foreign policy plans with a mixture of enthusiasm and trepidation. World Policy Journal continues coverage of preparations for a Trump presidency around the world.

The Israeli right greeted the news of Trump’s election with a sense of vindication and euphoria. Asher Schechter contends that while the president-elect’s intentions are not yet clear, his administration’s affinity with the Israeli government will likely determine the path of bilateral relations.

After the U.S. presidential election, many in France feared that the outcome foretold a victory in 2017 for the far-right National Front. Sophie des Beauvais explains how François Fillon, the conservative candidate who currently leads the French polls, differs from his populist opponent, Marine Le Pen.

The U.S.-China relationship is the most important set of bilateral ties in the world, making the U.S. presidential election of particular interest to Chinese leaders. Lucy Rodrick details why Donald Trump’s proposed withdrawal from regional trade deals and lack of interest in foreign intervention have pleased the Chinese establishment.

World Policy on Air

Months after the Brexit vote and with a Trump presidency fast approaching, the question may not be will Europe witness another nativist victory but when. On today’s episode of World Policy On Air, British political blogger Jonathan Stubbs examines how leading French presidential candidate François Fillon has shifted his rhetoric to appeal to a growing populist electorate.

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Fellow Updates

Alon Ben-Meir spoke with Venera Kusari, an expert in inter-ethnic and community conflict at Columbia University, in the latest episode of his podcast, On the Issues. Subscribe on SoundCloud here.

Jonathan Cristol discussed the U.N. and the Syria conflict with Middle East Eye.

Michael Genovese discussed the investigation into Russian involvement in the U.S. presidential election on CBS Local.

William Powers’ essay on biocentric policy and practice in Bolivia was published in Taproot Magazine.

Kim Taipale presented “A Framework for Cyber-deterrence” at the Boston Global Forum Global Cybersecurity Day conference at Harvard University on Monday, Dec. 12.


Programming Note: This will be the final World Policy newsletter of 2016. We will return to our regular schedule in January.



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