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Grand strategy provides the strategic vision for a state in pursuit of its national interests. The current U.S. grand strategy straddles the line between isolationism and off-shore balancing. Based on the international relations theory of realism, these strategies view international actions as a zero-sum game. In other words, a country can only benefit at the expense of another. The zero-sum logic is clearly articulated in the “America First” strategic documents. It is also apparent in many of the president’sspeeches and policy actions. While the Trump administration’s zero-sum approach has potential to rebalance burdens and level the playing fieldin such areas of trade, it is fraught with risks and jeopardizes the standing of the United States in the world.