Whether Trump wins or loses the election, the Asia-Pacific needs a democratic defence against China
- US President Donald Trump has stress-tested US alliances with his transactional approach to foreign policy. As China seeks to reshape the world order, the US and its democratic allies must actively uphold their values in the region
Kelly Magsamen is the vice-president for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress. Prior to that, she served in various national security positions. From 2014 to 2017, Magsamen was the principal deputy assistant secretary of defence for Asian and Pacific security affairs and performed the duties of assistant secretary of defence. She also served on the National Security Council staff for two presidents and four national security advisers.