I feared like never before that Trump’s isolationism and protectionism will end US hegemony prematurely with no one to fill the vacuum. Contender for the world leadership all have their own problems. EU have their own potentially fracturing populism to deal with. China’s economy could be hard landing right now. UN is weak as fuck. How bad can it get? the last hegemon’s reign (Britain) ended in the early 1900s, with two world wars and a great depression. Do we have the political will to avoid potentially existential disaster?
This is what my master thesis was based on. US hegemony is momentary. We all knew someone with a somewhat isolationist view on foreign policy will be elected in the next couple decades, but I didn’t think it would be Trump, or in this election.