Strand: Eye on the World

President Trump has certainly made his presence felt in the past year. His interventions into international affairs have created waves, from his apparently warm relations with Russia's President Putin to treading on the toes of his NATO allies. But Trump is not alone in ditching the long-game rituals of traditional diplomacy, which many now argue is in crisis. Trump's 'America First' policy is also threatening the 'new world order' at just the time when Russia and China have become more assertive. His carrot-and-stick approach to North Korea over nuclear weapons have made headlines, but what does the unfreezing of relations between North and South mean for the future of Korea itself? And closer to home, both Brexit and the liberalisation of social policy in the Republic of Ireland have raised both old and new questions about the Irish border.