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Policy goals are one thing. Fulfilling them is another

Trump has come up against a legacy system and may well be marched up a path he doesn't want to take

US President Donald Trump (with China's Xi Jinping, above) has stated his intentions to do business with the authoritarian leaders of Russia and China, in the belief that his style of transactional diplomacy will work.

It would be difficult to deny that Donald Trump ran for the presidency in 2016 by challenging the foreign policy consensus in Washington, DC - one that has been pursued by all his predecessors, has dominated the thinking on Capitol Hill and in government agencies, and which has brought together...

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