Writing Armageddon

Writing Armageddon
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Our Kaiser Trump? The parallels between two foreign policy styles

Our Kaiser Trump? The parallels between two foreign policy styles
by Konstantinos Travlos


Lots of work and research commitments have kept away from this blog. But the time is ripe to make a small contribution. The more I watch the system of foreign policy by Donald Trump, the more I see some equivalencies with the style of foreign policy of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. I am not the first to find such similarities (see the following which almost rise to the level of cottage industry:Stop comparing Donald Trump to Hitler – he has more in common with another erratic German leader ; The Emperor vs the Adults: Donald Trump and Wilhelm II ,Germany used to have a leader like Trump. It’s not who you think ; ISSF Policy Series: Is Donald Trump Jimmy Carter, or is he Kaiser Wilhelm II? by Nancy Mitchell ;  Trump’s not the new Hitler... he’s the new Kaiser Bill. by Andrew J. Bacevich, and even CATO waded in with What Trump Has in Common with the Last German Emperor . For a dissenting view see Donald Trump Is No Kaiser Wilhelm ), but I wanted to also give my own view and tie it to the findings of peace science (Since most of the above tend to be done by scholars working in more classical paradigms).

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