Following on from the highly rated (in both London and the US) western decline piece, Dr John Hulsman, senior columnist for London-based newspaper City A.M., points the finger squarely at Europe’s infantilisation as the primary culprit for this sorry state of current affairs.
John notes that popularity for a less activist foreign policy is soaring, as the U.S. public has had it with being the world’s policeman. He goes on to say that whilst this can be seen as a response to the mess made during the misguided presidency of George W Bush, “Europe’s seven-decade holiday from history is primarily to blame for the decline of the West. It has infantilised its elites, making them unable to understand even the rudiments of the power politics that still do and always will drive foreign policy.”
As such John calls for investors to beware; the fruitfulness of the transatlantic relationship may decline as the U.S. rethinks its foreign policy strategy, following the perception that Europe is no longer a force to be reckoned with.
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