The Monroe+ Doctrine: A 21st Century Update for America’s Most Enduring Presidential Doctrine
America’s foreign policy has been adrift since 2003, clinging to outdated doctrines. It is time to change that.
The name of such a new doctrine ultimately is not important. If a President Ron DeSantis were to declare it in 2025, the “DeSantis Doctrine” would work just as well. “Monroe+” as a name is much less important than what it connotates: a return to America’s earliest foreign policy philosophy, one which served the United States well for 100 years, while at the same time updating it for twenty-first-century threats. America no longer needs to embark upon globe-spanning ideological conflicts. But at the same time, there are threats that must be dealt with. Monroe+ would get America ready to do so.
Anthony J. Constantini is writing his Ph.D. on populism and early American democracy at the University of Vienna in Austria. Previously he received an M.A. in Arms Control and Strategic Studies from St. Petersburg State University, Russia. In 2016 he was the War Room Director for the NRSC.
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