Foreign Policy is now driven by Domestic Economic Policy.

U.S. foreign policy is now driven by domestic economic policy considerations. Can the U.S. sustain overseas wars and military actions while China  and other countries are thriving and the U.S. is not? To me this is the threshold question confronting U.S. policymakers and electorate. After 10 years of fighting wars and cutting taxes the U.S. simply cannot continue businness as usual, which in increasing its economic distress daily. Foreign policies will now be judged more on a cost-benefit basis than ever before. We need to refocus our foreign policy goals and to formulate a more precise form of international involvement. We can’t do everything. How will our foreign policy impact the U.S. economy (jobs), relations with China, and global economic competitiveness? Is anything clearer than this?

About Stuart Malawer

Distinguished Service Professor of Law & International Trade at George Mason University (Schar School of Public Policy).
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