A Nationalist Foreign Policy?

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Trump and Cruz are bearers of a harder-edged, more nationalistic conception of foreign policy, focused more on securing American interests than on promoting American values.

Issue: May-June 2016

Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest, spoke with Richard Burt in late March in Washington, DC. Burt is chairman of the National Interest’s Advisory Council and a former assistant secretary of European and Canadian affairs and U.S. ambassador to Germany.

Jacob Heilbrunn: Both Donald Trump and President Obama seem to have one thing in common: they complain about “free riders”—our allies in Europe and Asia that are relying on the American military to protect them rather than spending on their own defense. What’s your take?

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