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A large part of this disagreement also lies in our differing attitudes towards the course of US and allied foreign and security policy over the past generation. The ‘breakthrough moment for the restraint school’ was most certainly not the rise of Trump, as Ikenberry and Deudney allege. It was the disasters that followed the US and allied interventions in Iraq and Libya, the growing and now complete US failure in Afghanistan, unnecessary and dangerous clashes with Russia, and the reckless bipartisan rush to confrontation with China. If support for the restraint school is growing, it is because it is based on incontrovertible recent evidence.

Source: Full article: Vindicating Realist Internationalism

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