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

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


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.


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  1. 1.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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