Steve Szabo in Berlin Policy Journal
On December 8, 2016, the Berlin Policy Journal published a commentary by Transatlantic Academy Executive Director Stephen Szabo entitled "Curve Ahead: Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and the future of German-American relations."
"As Barack Obama begins to prepare to turn the White House over to Donald Trump in January, many Germans and Americans might go through a prolonged period of Obama nostalgia," Szabo writes. "Obama restored the sense in Germany and Europe that it’s possible to have an American president who looks at the world very much the way European leaders and publics do... President-elect Trump stands for almost everything European and German leaders don’t: he has denied climate change, championed “America First” unilateral nationalism, and expressed admiration for illiberal regimes and leaders. Just as President Obama came in as a corrective to the nationalistic policies of George W. Bush, Trump sees himself as a corrective to the multilateralism and soft power approach of Obama... Something significant is going on in the West that would seem to auger an unstable and dangerous period, both at home and internationally. America will be a less stable and reliable partner for Europe, as it will be consumed with its 'civil war' at home. And as Robert Zoellick recently pointed out: ;The next president will need to start by deciding if the US should perpetuate the 70-year-old order.'"
The full piece can be read here.