SO... Trump won the Presidency and gets to inherit a Foreign Policy fiasco on numerous fronts. Let's take a hot minute and run through the short list:
China has made advances in the South China Sea, been pushed back by an International Court, and yet the US says/does Nothing.
Ukraine was "invaded" by Russia years ago, and nothing was done by US or others.
Philippines are in serious unrest by a very odd leader, that is taking a relationship we have enjoyed for over 50 years and putting it in serious jeopardy. Our Reponse? Nothing as of yet to help or hold that strategic friendly relationship.
Turkey is marching to a different drum these days, had a failed Internal coup, & has a leader crying out for some attention from outside his Country- the question will be WHO steps in to that void? Currently a staging ground for our actions in Middle East and one of the 2 major developed nations in the region, Turkey is NOT a Country we would want to lose as a key partner. What have we done so far? Nothing.
North Korea will ALWAYS be a concern as we deal with a powerful nation and an independent ambitious leader. How we position and how we deal with them(directly and indirectly) will define a large part of international safety.
Syria is in crisis, and has multiple forces outside its borders competing for control inside of it. The only US "line in the sand" was crossed years ago, and the US policy for that Country(and Region) has been a horrble failure. Syria needs a redefined leadership role, and a consistent approach that is both strong and compassionate.
Middle East, in general, has basically been on fire for years and destabilized. There are numerous Countries amidst the Region that need to be reapproached, redefined, & new relationship built. Currently its a rudderless ship in a high wind storm, and that usually doesn't end well for anyone.
**Sidenote- Anyone wanting to understand the current confusion about Americas mixed Foreign Policy needs only to know that Israel has been treated poorly and Cuba has been treated well under the current Administration. Neither Country did a single thing to WARRANT the treatment, it simply randomly happened.. "WHY?" is the obvious question on Both fronts- and as you don't get an answer it simply leaves you knowing there is a lot to be desired moving forward from a US Foreign Policy.
NOW- the key isn't capitulation OR isolationism, it will be to take a strong measured tone internationally, redefine what the American role is, follow through on that role, redefine our Military freedom or restraint, and pursue a safer world while being the one who defines what Sovereign nations decide for themselves. Leadership has been in short supply for years, so it is critical we reestablish that in the near term so our Allies feel reassured and our enemies are on notice.
We will see shortly- by whom is appointed to Defense, State, UN Ambassador, etc who will Lead this Effort and that will give us a small insight into HOW our Foreign Policy might play out.
And as always- Time will reveal thr Truth of where and how we go on this... Trump has his hands full, and that will start on Day One.