The Big Picture

The Balance of Soft Power

Under President Donald Trump, the United States has largely abdicated its global leadership role, and ceded much ground to an increasingly ambitious China. But whether Trump's presidency will permanently reduce America's attractiveness to others – a major source of its global influence – remains to be seen.

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