Advertisement

“Stability Not Chaos”? Donald Trump and the World—An Early Assessment

  • Maria RyanEmail author
Chapter
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency book series (EAP)

Abstract

When Donald Trump campaigned for the Presidency he presented himself as a radical and disruptive outsider unafraid to challenge the long-standing bipartisan norms of US foreign policy and drastically re-orient the country’s global economic and political priorities. A rupture in the Western world order was widely expected. Although the rhetoric of US foreign policy has remained staunchly nationalist in tone, Trump’s first months in office saw him revert to something much closer to the recent historical norm: the pursuit of American global primacy within the context of an economic and political order that is conducive to the interests of the West. Trump and his advisers lack a viable alternative vision for US foreign policy, and examples of their reversion to a more conventional global strategy were visible from the opening weeks and months of Trump’s tenure. In foreign policy, Trump will continue the tradition of governing more moderately than he campaigned.

References

  1. Abelson, Donald E. A Capitol Idea: Think Tanks & US Foreign Policy. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006.Google Scholar
  2. Agnew, John. Hegemony: The New Shape of Global Power. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005.Google Scholar
  3. Anderson, Perry. “Passing the Baton.” New Left Review, 103 (January/February 2017): 41–64.Google Scholar
  4. Bacevich, Andrew J. American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002.Google Scholar
  5. Bacevich, Andrew J., ed. The Short American Century: A Postmortem. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012.Google Scholar
  6. Bacevich, Andrew J. “Ending Endless War: A Pragmatic Military Strategy.” Foreign Affairs, 95, No. 5 (September/October 2016): 36–44.Google Scholar
  7. Bernkopf Tucker, Nancy, ed. Dangerous Strait: The U.S.-Taiwan-China Crisis. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.Google Scholar
  8. Blanchard, Christopher M., and Amy Belasco. “Train and Equip Program for Syria: Authorities, Funding, and Issues for Congress.” Congressional Research Service, 9 June 2015. https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R43727.pdf.
  9. Brands, Hal. Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2016.Google Scholar
  10. Doenecke, Justus D., ed. In Danger Undaunted: The Anti-interventionist Movement of 1940–41 as Revealed in the Papers of the America First Committee. Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 1990.Google Scholar
  11. Dueck, Colin. The Obama Doctrine: American Grand Strategy Today. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.Google Scholar
  12. Ikenberry, G. John. Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011.Google Scholar
  13. Ikenberry, G. John. “The Plot Against American Foreign Policy: Can the Liberal Order Survive?” Foreign Affairs, 96, No. 3 (May/June 2017): 2–9.Google Scholar
  14. Ikenberry, G. John, et. al. The Crisis of American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the Twenty-First Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.Google Scholar
  15. Kagan, Robert. Paradise and Power: America and Europe in the New World Order. London: Atlantic Books, 2004.Google Scholar
  16. Kaufman, Joyce P. “The U.S. Perspective on Nato Under Trump: Lessons of the Past and Prospects for the Future.” International Affairs, 93, No. 2 (2017): 251–66.Google Scholar
  17. Kuklick, Bruce. Blind Oracles: Intellectuals and War from Kennan to Kissinger. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007.Google Scholar
  18. Parmar, Inderjeet. Foundations of the American Century: The Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations in the Rose of American Power. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.Google Scholar
  19. Riley, Dylan. “American Brumaire?” New Left Review, 103 (January/February 2017): 21–32.Google Scholar
  20. Ryan, Maria. “Message Confusion and Risk of Accidental War in North Korea.” The Globe Post, 11 August 2017. http://www.theglobepost.com/2017/08/11/accidental-war-north-koreaa/, 7 December 2017.
  21. Salazor Torreon, Barbara. “‘Instances of Use of United States’ Armed Forces Abroad, 1798–2016.” Congressional Research Service, 7 October 2016. https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R42738.pdf, 12 May 2017.
  22. Savage, Charlie, and Eric Schmitt. “Trump Administration Said to Be Working to Loosen Counterterrorism Rules.” New York Times, 12 March 2017.Google Scholar
  23. Savage, Charlie, and Eric Schmitt. “Trump Eases Combat Rules in Somalia Intended to Protect Civilians.” New York Times, 30 March 2017.Google Scholar
  24. Stokes, Doug. “Trump, American Hegemony, and the Future of the Liberal International Order.” International Affairs, 94, No. 1 (January 2018): 133–50.Google Scholar
  25. Stokes, Doug, and Sam Raphael. Global Energy Security and American Hegemony. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.Google Scholar
  26. Zevin, Alexander. “De Te Fabula Narratur.” New Left Review, 103 (January/February 2017): 35–39.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

Personalised recommendations