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Donald J. Trump’s election as president of the United States of America has prompted an uproar in international politics. What does that mean for German-American relations? In a series of threes papers, the KAS Working Group of Young Foreign Policy Experts comes up with a number of suggestions as to how to react. This third and final paper formulates theses on the future American foreign and security policy as well as recommendations for German decision makers.

Key Points

  • US foreign and security policy is characterised by two camps: the traditionalists and the nationalists. To date, it has not been possible to place the president clearly in either camp.
  • Not least because of the existence of these two camps, US foreign and security policy has been lacking a clear strategic line to date.
  • However, one can assume that Trump will be more inclined to rely on military might than diplomacy.
  • Under Trump, the US will insist more strongly on greater transatlantic burden-sharing.
  • Berlin should make efforts to meet this demand as it is in Germany’s strategic interest to invest more in its defence.


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