US President, Donald Trump, prefers a world with strong regional power brokers who provide global political equilibrium which in turn will help prosperity to flourish.
Donald Trump did not design his foreign policy in terms of the existing international framework.
His policy is often contradictory to the established world order, where the US reigns supreme and hands out large sums of money to buy loyalty.
Mr. Trump is, above all, a businessman, and he understands that the world is plentiful of opportunities to make deals that bring equal conditions to all major power players.
He has tested the customs of the international order and in just two years he has redefined them to at an astounding speed.
Only in the last two weeks he left his beleaguered G7 allies and refused to sign the meeting’s concluding remarks as European nations challenged his stance on issues such as immigration, climate, trade and others.
He then challenged the skeptics by meeting for the first time with a North Korean leader, a sure bet that opens a window for peace in the peninsula.
His week ended by imposing harsh but needed tariffs on China as he tried to close the gap on 50 billion dollars in trade imbalances.
The road is not leveled
In response to Mr. Trump’s challenge of the current world order, the European Union announced that Trump is endangering the international order that the United States built after the Second World War and that it has been preserved ever since.
For the the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, Trump’s way is a challenge that “benefits those who seek an alternative to a model currently being imposed by the West, in which neoliberalism and globalism ride hand in hand and where sovereignty and national interests have given way to globalist, kleptocratic goals of massive concentration of power, money and wealth.
That order is still intact because none of the institutions that support it have passed away. Neither the United Nations, nor the World Trade Organization or the World Bank.
But Trump is altering the rules and balances that govern it. From old alliances to trade agreements, the principles of nuclear non-proliferation or the dynamics of globalization.
Trump understands very well that the system is unbalanced and that the US has an excessive burden of the cost of collective security and that it is not a good deal.
The US President has vehemently criticised his predecessors for their weakness and unwillingness to negotiate a better deal and for putting global goals first, as supposed to American goals at the forefront.
In Trump’s view, foreign policy is undeniably linked to economic progress and security. There cannot be security or economic growth at a national, regional or global level if the world lacks a foreign policy where there is stability and where regional power imbalances remain as they are today.
Since before he arrived at the White House, Mr. Trump insisted that NATO allies had to pay more for their security. The same has said of Japan and South Korea.
Along the way, he’s been renegotiating commercial treaties with both allies and rivals. For those who refuse to negotiate, or at least look at trade, political and security imbalances, Trump imposes tariffs and breaks multilateral agreements without worrying about the costs of a possible commercial war.
Trump has come to the conclusion that, the United States must stabilize capitalism, which went from being the engine of world progress to becoming a globalist-centered enterprise.
For that to happen, it is necessary to blow up existing globalist norms to build a new balanced global order where power is laid out in regional blocs, so that the regional imbalances that exist today are taken care of by regional allies.
Though many politicians and so-called experts warn the world day and night about Trump’s unilateral way to deal with trade, immigration and security, what the US President is doing is simply strongly adjusting the dial of the current world order.
After breaking the nuclear agreement with Iran, the Trump administration sanctioned European companies that continue to do business with Tehran. He imposed tariffs on China, Canada and Mexico because of their negative to sit down to renegotiate NAFTA and the TPP.
Negotiation is the name of the game
“There is no help for the spirits in the admiration that Trump shows for autocrats and dictators while humiliating his closest companions,” says Ricardo Mir de Francia. This baseless criticism originates on Trump’s willingness to sit down with anyone he can to negotiate, much like he would do it when he closed a deal in real estate.
In the eyes of the envious, who want Trump to fail or to be impeached for being politically incorrect, a US President should not sit down with so-called dictators, no matter whether guaranteeing global security might just need two leaders to sit down and talk. For them, it would be better to carpet bomb nations for their refusal to adhere to globalist policies.
With China and Russia, the great geopolitical rivals of the US, Trump seems to have accepted their spheres of influence, though he will not let the opportunity pass to make a deal with them.
He has hardly questioned Beijing’s actions on the islands of the China Sea that are disputed with its neighbors and has not opposed, at least publicly, the Russian annexation of Ukrainian Crimea. During the summit of the G-7, he said that Crimea was part of Russia.
On the other hand, Trump has imposed sanctions on the Kremlin, maintained military aid in Ukraine, increased the budget for US troops in Europe and embarked on a principle of a commercial face-off with China.
The international order still stands, but Donald Trump’s New World Order is looming on the horizon.