Despite the hawkish advice of his staff, US President Donald Trump decided not to bomb Iran. Some of his supporters, and even many of his detractors, will say this is evidence of a clear-thinking decision maker. Photo: AFP Despite the hawkish advice of his staff, US President Donald Trump decided not to bomb Iran. Some of his supporters, and even many of his detractors, will say this is evidence of a clear-thinking decision maker. Photo: AFP
Despite the hawkish advice of his staff, US President Donald Trump decided not to bomb Iran. Some of his supporters, and even many of his detractors, will say this is evidence of a clear-thinking decision maker. Photo: AFP
Daniel Wagner
Opinion

Opinion

Daniel Wagner

Whether it’s China or Iran, Donald Trump deserves some credit for his foreign policy doctrine

  • In calling off a strike against Iran, the US president has demonstrated his ability to keep a cool head. His critics won’t acknowledge it, but his foreign policy doctrine has so far served him well with Iran, North Korea and China

Despite the hawkish advice of his staff, US President Donald Trump decided not to bomb Iran. Some of his supporters, and even many of his detractors, will say this is evidence of a clear-thinking decision maker. Photo: AFP Despite the hawkish advice of his staff, US President Donald Trump decided not to bomb Iran. Some of his supporters, and even many of his detractors, will say this is evidence of a clear-thinking decision maker. Photo: AFP
Despite the hawkish advice of his staff, US President Donald Trump decided not to bomb Iran. Some of his supporters, and even many of his detractors, will say this is evidence of a clear-thinking decision maker. Photo: AFP
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Daniel Wagner

Daniel Wagner

Daniel Wagner is senior investment officer for guarantees and syndications at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing. He has three decades of experience assessing cross-border risk, is an authority on political risk insurance and analysis, and has worked for some of the world’s most respected and best-known companies, such as AIG, GE, the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank Group. He has published eight books as well as more than 700 articles on current affairs and risk management. He holds master’s degrees in International Relations from the University of Chicago and in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.