Magazine November 12, 2018, Issue

The Need for Allies

British prime minister Theresa May, German chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. president Donald Trump, and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau at the G-7 Summit, June 8, 2018 (Leah Millis/Reuters)
Why the United States must not disengage

Great power stirs a great temptation: to be alone, unencumbered by others, free to act when the spirit moves, and, by virtue of one’s own strength, secure from the rapaciousness of enemies. The drive toward self-reliance, however, can result in loneliness — and loneliness, in our individual life as well as in the life of our nation, is dangerous. It exposes us to risks that we have to face alone, taxing our resources and attention, and does nothing to decrease the threats that are bound to arise nearby or far away. On the contrary, perceiving an opportunity in the solitary

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Jakub Grygiel is a professor of politics at The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.) and a senior adviser at The Marathon Initiative.

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