Tillerson’s new Syria strategy is silent on Turkey’s intervention, Vice President Pence receives a warm welcome in Jerusalem, and Egypt prepares for presidential elections in March.
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Notes from inside the 53rd Munich Security Conference.
There is good reason to believe Pence will have a major hand, if not the helm, in shaping the Trump administration’s foreign policy and national security strategy—and not just when it comes to selecting cabinet members and managing the new administration’s relationship with Congress. The question is whether Trump’s stated positions on the campaign trail were, in fact, bluster borrowed for purposes of cultivating an authoritative, know-something posture, or if they represent genuine convictions on which he means to run his presidency. If they turn out to be the former, we will need to pivot from a literal interpretation of Trump’s campaign promises to a close examination of Pence’s.