During the presidential campaign, many foreign ambassadors quietly warned that a Donald Trump presidency would be a disaster.
It's easy to see why. As Robert Kagan, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Clinton supporter, put it in a column over the weekend, Trump's victory marks the end of America as the anchor of a liberal international order.
This was certainly how the president-elect campaigned. On the trail, Trump shattered the bipartisan foreign policy consensus on issues ranging from the NATO alliance to the prohibition of torture. He mused about a nuclear Japan and boasted that he knew more than the generals.
So one might expect that after Trump's victory, U.S. allies and adversaries would begin exploring new relationships in a post-American world. It's early days, but this is not yet apparent. Instead, America's friends and foes are exploring whether Trump is a man with whom they can do business -- someone they can meet halfway.