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Trump, it is hoped, will concentrate the minds of all who still believe in liberal democracy, be they left or even right of center.Trump has expressed his indifference to NATO, and US security commitments in East Asia.It is just possible that Trump's blustering "America first" rhetoric will galvanize Europeans and East Asians into changing the status quo and doing more for their own security.The current Japanese government, under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, would like to revise the pacifist constitution, as a necessary first step toward weaning the country off its total dependence on the US.So, while it might be time to rethink the world order built by the U.S. on the ruins of World War II, the Trump presidency is unlikely to bring this about in a careful and orderly manner. Instead of encouraging the Japanese to think about collective security in a responsible way, Trump's indifference is more likely to play to the worst instincts of panicky Japanese nationalists.Without credible American leadership, or a strong alliance of democracies, there won't be much left to restrain Russian or Chinese ambitions.
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