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World Policy Newsletter, Week of November 18th

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What Happens Now?

Following the shock of last week’s U.S. presidential election, it remains to be seen which of his stated policies, from NATO withdrawal to higher tariffs on Chinese goods, Donald Trump will implement. Jonathan Cristol argues this election marks the end of the post-World War II global order, explaining why Americans won’t be the only ones to pay the price if Trump fulfills his campaign promises. Cristol further describes the implications of Trump’s platform for the global economic system in an episode of World Policy On Air.

Trump's victory has already spread fear among Nigerians, who comprise 25 percent of African immigrants in the United States. Azubuike Ishiekwene, a member of the World Policy Journal editorial board, compares the prospects for U.S.-Nigerian relations under a Trump administration to the policies of past American presidents.

The protectionist policies President-elect Donald Trump espoused on the campaign trail are at odds with the free trade positions of many Republican politicians. James H. Nolt argues that if he follows through with his promises, Trump risks further dividing his party and spurring a global economic crisis. Nolt expands on the repercussions of Trump’s plan to cut taxes by increasing tariffs or amassing debt through government borrowing, contending that these policies would make both the taxpaying public and the government worse off.

Finally, David N. Biette considers how the electoral results will affect the transfer of the U.S. Arctic Council chairmanship to Donald Trump's secretary of state appointee this January. He explains that while some Arctic residents would welcome efforts to revamp infrastructure and increase oil and gas production, as Trump promised during his campaign, transforming Arctic policy is unlikely to be a high priority for the new administration.

Fellow Updates

Ruth Ben-Ghiat was interviewed by the New Yorker about her research on authoritarian strongmen and similarities in the political theater displayed by Benito Mussolini and Donald Trump. She also writes in CNN about the threat Steve Bannon’s white nationalism poses as he assumes the position of Trump’s chief strategist.

Alon Ben-Meir will be hosting an event at New York University on Thursday, Dec. 8 with Sima Bahous, Ambassador of Jordan to the United Nations. Click here to register.

Monique El-Faizy writes in France 24 that Trump’s electoral victory reflects the power of evangelical voters and the level of disaffection in the U.S.



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