George Mason University

'America first' will likely fizzle fast

'America first' will likely fizzle fast

The “America First” policy President Donald Trump extolls “has won,” scholar Robert Kagan wrote in a recent op-ed, surmising that the administration’s preference for unilateralism, trade protectionism and immigration restrictions amount to “a new direction of American foreign policy.”

But there is reason to believe that victory will be fleeting. In time, this period may be recognized more as the high water mark of a short-lived turn toward quasi-isolationism than the beginning of an enduring trend.

To understand why, consider the country’s changing demographics. The millennial generation — those born between 1981 and 1996 — will overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest...