The president may seek a showdown he can win at a time when a conflict between great powers seems more likely than it has for a generation.
It caused anger and unease across the West, but the meeting between the Russian president and Donald Trump was not as substantively “historic” as its protagonists may have hoped.
Nixon also allegedly played up his unpredictability in the Cold War, with the US embroiled in Vietnam.
Tyler Cowen argues that Americans used their new-found wealth and prestige “to dig in”, protect themselves against risk, “and to build and cement a much safer and static culture”.
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.
There’s no point pretending there’s a smoother path for Britain that skirts around Trump’s White House.
What has driven the new age of isolation - and the return of great power politics?
We are dependent on the “leader of the free world”, so our government, like many others, will have to hold its nose over President Trump.
The “Atlantic bridge” between the US and the UK looks creakier than anyone could have predicted.
Pseudo-radical academics do the same damage to the cause of the political left in Britain as the populist American right does to the Republican Party.
Chuck Hagel's resignation - the latest soap opera to hit the Obama adminstration - is a sign of severe dysfunction. The team of rivals has disintegrated, with many of them becoming a thorn in the president’s side as he limps on for a final two years.