Nicholas Stuart

Nic Stuart is a Canberra writer.

President Donald Trump speaks at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. ...

Now Trump’s president, we need a new strategy

Chaos and dysfunction have a terrible way of sneaking up on perfectly civilised societies. Just 103 years ago, for example, European society was as integrated as it had ever been. A couple of years later and it was engaged in the most horrific mass slaughter imaginable. Wars like this were exactly the sort of thing the alliance system was meant to prevent. The concept of a "balance of power" was meant to make war futile. Many thought, hoped, that as trade intensified and weapons became more deadly, war would become a thing of the past. It didn't.