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Regardless of who is appointed the next U.S. secretary of state, president-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy may prove as unconventional as his campaign and his current style of appointments to the incoming cabinet. But whoever it is, policy will be made by the White House and by the President himself. The new secretary of state’s job will be to do the president’s bidding; not the other way around. That has been the pattern of presidential decision making on foreign policy since George Marshall relinquished his post as Harry Truman’s secretary of state.

We can also expect a return to Henry Kissinger-style...

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  • Fen Osler Hampson

    Fen Osler Hampson was a CIGI distinguished fellow and director of the Global Security & Politics Program (2012-2019). Currently he serves as chancellor’s professor at Carleton University and continues to provide leading research and insight to policy makers in the areas of Canadian foreign policy and international and regional security. He also serves as executive director of the World Refugee Council and was co-director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.

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