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The past three weeks have given the world a stunning role reversal in global governance.China, long reticent about multilateralism, has committed to upholding – even leading – international cooperation. Since his inauguration in January, U.S. President Donald Trump has effectively taken a wrecking ball to America's global role. Trump has also signed executive orders to bar nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. and to build a wall on the border with Mexico, among other things. And his team has drafted additional executive orders that will reduce or even terminate funding for international organizations and withdraw the U.S. from multilateral treaties.On the U.S. side, Trump's draft executive orders are not as draconian as their titles suggest.There is still plenty of time for Trump to adopt a different mindset, as President Ronald Reagan did 25 years ago.But within a year or two, Reagan began to recognize just how badly the U.S. needed international institutions, and he moderated his positions.
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