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One hundred years ago this month, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson was agonizing over whether to enter World War I.Now, for the first time in more than 80 years, a U.S. president has taken it up again, to promote a foreign policy stance that directly controverts the doctrine Wilson embraced.It was not until 1919, after the war was over, that Wilson defined his foreign policy vision of "liberal internationalism": support for collective security and promotion of open markets among democracies, regulated by a system of multinational institutions ultimately dependent on the United States. It has helped to shape the foreign policies of most U.S. presidents ever since – until Trump.Unlike Wilson, Trump seems to see no value in maintaining and deepening ties with other democracies.To be sure, if Wilson were alive today, he might agree with Trump on some issues, though his proposed solutions would be very different.For example, Wilson would probably concur with Trump that the level of openness in global markets today is excessive. Not every U.S. president has followed Wilson's lead.
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