Judy Asks: Who Will Lead the West?


By James Rogers.

A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.

James writes “It is true that the president of the United States has been traditionally described as the leader of the free world, particularly during the Cold War. In recent decades, however, the title has slowly fallen out of favor. More recently, the detractors of U.S. President Donald Trump have argued that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now the free world’s leader. But this is highly problematic, as Germany is in no position strategically or militarily to underpin Western security, even less so than France or the UK.

In any case, insofar as the West is a network of like-minded states, does there even need to be a leader? Countries opt in to the West if they are democratic and want to work with similar nations. This is why the West is so strong: it is not coerced directly by any single country; rather, it is a security community, containing countries with shared values and interests, even if some—like the United States and the UK—have assumed a disproportionate burden in protecting everyone else”.

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