Daniel M. Ogden, J.D. is a research fellow with the Institute for Policy Innovation and lecturer in international relations at Baylor University.
“Friend-shoring” need not be a violation of global liberalized trade so long as it results in a short list of countries we avoid trading with rather than a short list of countries we agree to trade with.
A trade policy embracing free trade is the goal; but many of our trading partners engage in practices that force us to adjust that goal to fit reality.
Foreign relations and the international system have long been guided by two dominant powers: the United States and Russia. But the war in Ukraine is economically and militarily weakening Russia, even as China is striving to become one of the two or three dominant powers—it's not THE dominant power. The United States is faced with a choice: isolationism, globalism or, the best option, strategic engagement.
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