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Will the world be less safe once Donald Trump becomes president?

The president-elect has no experience in foreign policy, so it's hard to know whether his campaign promises to "bomb the s--t out of ISIS", pull out of NATO and start a trade war with China will become reality. Michael talks to Paul Rogers, professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University.
A U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber flies over Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, September 13, 2016. (Kim Hong-ji/Reuters)

Donald Trump's victory has been met with shock and concern on the international stage. 

"A world is collapsing before our eyes," said the French ambassador to the U.S. Former NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said Trump's election would be "the end of the American-led world order."

Marine Le Pen heads France's anti-immigration, anti-euro National Front, which topped the national vote for the first time in European elections in May. (Reuters)
Many fear a sea change in the network of international alliances that has kept the world relatively peaceful since the end of the Second World War. In addition to NATO, they include free trade, nuclear nonproliferation and mutual-defense treaties.

But during his campaign, Donald Trump rejected the idea that America should be "the world's policeman". He advocated an "America First" foreign policy -- withdrawing from NATO, breaking trade deals, and making it difficult for refugees fleeing conflict to enter the U.S. 

Oh yes, and there's that wall.

A woman protests against international trade agreements TTIP and CETA in front of EU headquarters in Brussels on Oct. 27, 2016. (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Associated Press) Donald Trump's victory part of a global trend of nativist, populist, white  nationalist, closed-border movements? And does his election make the world less safe?
Here at The Sunday Edition, we often turn to Paul Rogers to make sense of disorienting times. Paul Rogers is Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. His most recent book is called, Irregular War: ISIS and the New Threats from the Margins.
Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford and Global Security Consultant to Oxford Research Group. (Submitted by Paul Rogers)



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