Foreign policy elites on both sides of the Atlantic are aghast that president-elect Trump might change Washington’s approach to European security. However, the changes he seems inclined to make could be good for America. First, he will seek common ground with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Second, he will demand that America’s European allies do more to defend themselves. Third, he will fix the mismatch between U.S. commitments and capabilities in the region. Fourth, he will slow the barely-noticed drift toward a nuclear crisis. Fifth, he will acknowledge Russia’s political aspirations, reducing tensions. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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