Polarized politics has infected American diplomacy

William Burns, The Atlantic

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Image by Mediamodifier from Pixabay

Foreigners aren’t laughing at us. They pity and discount us - The style and substance of our polarized politics have infected American diplomacy. Policies lurch between parties, commitments expire at the end of each administration, institutions are politicized, and disagreements are tribal. The inability to compromise at home is becoming the modus operandi overseas. In the past, a sense of common domestic purpose gave ballast to U.S. diplomacy; now its absence enfeebles it.

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