From Truman to Trump - the end of US global leadership

The guiding assumptions of modern American foreign policy were set out in a document written in 1950 for President Harry Truman. NSC-68, as it was called (it was prepared at the National Security Council), was Washington's answer to Soviet communism.

At its core was a belief that US national interests were best pursued through international leadership. This is the foundation stone to which President Donald Trump has taken a sledgehammer.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2018, with the headline 'From Truman to Trump - the end of US global leadership'. Print Edition | Subscribe