Why Trump should listen to the old guard

They are in their 80s and 90s now, national security titans from years past when certain values were broadly shared, like the imperative of America's global leadership and the nation's commitment to democracy, diplomacy and the North Atlantic alliance.

And with former president George H.W. Bush gone, it's hard not to wonder how the tenor of American foreign policy discourse will change as the leaders of this bipartisan old guard - Republicans Henry Kissinger (95), George Shultz (98), James Baker (88), Colin Powell (81) and Richard Lugar (86); Democrats Madeleine Albright (81), Sam Nunn (80), William Perry (91) and Lee Hamilton (87) - also disappear from the scene.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 03, 2019, with the headline 'Why Trump should listen to the old guard'. Print Edition | Subscribe