For all the provocative promises the candidate Trump made, he will be inheriting a network of international relations that cannot be undone easily. Finding a balance will be crucial.
Paradoxically, in the age of globalization the sovereign state has reaffirmed its place in international relations. In order to continue to be constructive, however, national interest must adapt itself to the increasingly fluid geopolitical situation.
As the world’s economies come to grips with debt, recession and austerity, foreign ministries must adapt too. Besides cutting costs, ambassadors are now called on to advocate for their national industries and entrepreneurs.