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But as tensions between the US and Iran have been ratcheted up, there is reason to believe that the president is one of the voices in the White House urging restraint.
Despite tensions between London and Dublin over Brexit and the murder of Lyra McKee, the Good Friday Agreement is strong enough to survive.
With China, India and Russia on the rise and Western confidence shaken, how should Britain navigate this new and dangerous world?
Brexit presents a host of potential problems that Ireland never asked for and could really do without.
We should be wary of leaping from one simple narrative to the next.
At the turn of the 20th century, discussions about degeneration became entangled with fears of national decline.
The DUP may be the ugliest of brides for the Conservative Party but its MPs are not a danger to the peace process.
Merkel may find it hard to stomach Trump but she will not be wishing away US military power from Europe with any relish.
Those troublesome 1980s have reared their head again in a diplomatic storm in a teacup over Gibraltar.
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The flatlining Sinn Fein vote has been jolted into life unexpectedly.
It is easy to guffaw at the idea of a billionaire Bolshevik in the White House, but it seems there is more to the comparison than meets the eye.