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Condi Rice: Nationalism 'Not Bad,' But Nativism, Isolationism Can Cause 'Crisis'

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former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice  (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

By    |   Sunday, 15 September 2019 12:55 PM

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is warning of a looming crisis around the world fueled by populist and anti-establishment politics running up against "old principles" of foreign policy.

In an interview aired Sunday on CBS News' "Face The Nation," Rice warned about the "four horsemen of the apocalypose" — populism, nativism, protectionism and isolationism.

"Nationalism is not a bad thing," she said. "It's not bad to be proud, patriotic toward your country. Nativism, though, pits you against them. When you see isolationism, when you see protectionism growing, the whole idea that the international economy is better if people trade, countries trade freely, when you see that under attack, I do think we're drifting toward a systemic crisis."

She said the problem is not confined to one nation — or to President Donald Trump, who champions "America First."

"It's not just what defines some of the president's policies. America first, for instance," she said. "It defines a lot of what you're hearing across the world. It defines what you're hearing in Great Britain with Brexit. It defines what you hear from the Five Star Movement in Italy. It defines what you hear in Brazil with (Jair) Bolsonaro."

She urged leaders and lawmakers in Washington need to forge a new "consensus" to define America's foreign policy.

"I hope that there will be some echoes of the old principles that America is going to be involved, that without the United States the world is a more chaotic place," she said. "I hope that those principles will involve patience."

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