The U.S. strategy had mixed results. That may have been the point.
Quite a few things are afoot here in 2017.
Americans are actually pretty good at identifying what countries are typically with or against the United States.
Older people are more upset about how U.S. institutions actually work. And they behave like it in the voting booth.
The reality is much less dramatic: most young people support democracy.
Although the U.N. resolution is nonbinding, it holds symbolic meaning.
China probably won’t comply. But it’s not just “a mere scrap of paper.“
It would be foolish to see the history of international relations as a slow but steady path towards ever more integration.