Brinkmanship and the loss of American soft power

This post was first published on Patreon on 20 Jun 2018

Last July, I was in Germany for a high school graduation. And as the only American family member in attendance, I got a lot of questions about Donald Trump. What I said then was that one person won't change decades of German-American partnership. I said that that Presidents come and go. And while Germans might not like Trump, his presidency would have little impact on the longer term relationship between the US and Germany.
America's soft power defined
I was wrong. At least that's how it looks a year later. The reality I am seeing now is that America has lost its soft power, the underappreciated weapon that the US wields to move economic and geostrategic policy. Soft power, as I see I am defining it here, could be called "the benefit...


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