Jackson Diehl at the Washington Post runs through the laundry list of potential “tests” that the next U.S. president could face internationally.
Beyond the rogues are the regulars: the countries that depend on American attention, positive or negative, to fuel their own political cycles — and are good at finding ways to grab it when they feel ignored. There are Latin American demagogues such as Hugo Chávez, who need a Yanqui enemy, and small Eurasian countries such as Georgia, which need a U.S. shield against Russia. There are the Russians themselves — who measure their country’s power by its ability to thwart American initiatives.
We think it’s not fair to underestimate Russia’s willingness to the be first to test the new president.