Food for Thought: "Don't Make the World Afraid Again"

"What should Europe expect from Trump?," asks Wolfgang Ischinger in an op-ed for "The New York Times" in the aftermath of the US presidential election.

Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (Photo: MSC/Kuhlmann).

America owes Donald J. Trump an open mind and a chance to lead, Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday. So does Europe.


But understandably, Europeans are deeply worried about some of the views expressed by Mr. Trump during the campaign. This moment of trans-Atlantic uncertainty must end quickly. It is essential for the president-elect to explain his plans without delay. How will he square the circle between strengthening America's global role while at the same time reducing America's foreign commitments – both goals he has announced? If he really means what he says about the value of NATO (or lack thereof), what exactly does he intend to do?


Both Europe and Mr. Trump need to switch now from campaign mode to policy mode. Instead of waiting for the Trump inaugural speech, Europe should enumerate its own policy expectations and demonstrate how much the United States can continue to benefit from a close partnership with it. Click here to continue reading.



Wolfgang Ischinger is the chairman of the Munich Security Conference and teaches at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. He served as Germany's ambassador to the United States from 2001 to 2006. This article was first published on 12 November 2016 in The New York Times.

14 November 2016, by Wolfgang Ischinger