The Hell of Good Intentions review: the decline of US foreign policy

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Stephen Walt thinks the mistakes of Iraq and Afghanistan mean Nixonian ‘offshore balancing’ is the best foreign policy

The cold war ended but history marches on. Iraq didn’t work out, the Taliban is still standing in Afghanistan. Even before the 2016 election, nationalism was resurgent in the US and abroad. America has spent nearly $6tn on a never-ending global war on terror. The short-lived reality of the US sitting atop a unipolar global order is over.

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According to Walt, the Trump presidency ‘provides a textbook case for how not to fix things’

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