Much of the USA – and most of the world – were stunned by Donald J. Trump’s victory over Hillary R. Clinton last night. His campaign was filled with bombastic claims, but gave little detail on foreign policy. However, now “the Donald” will be President and Commander-in-Chief of the superpower at the center of the global security system since WWII. It is time to look at Trump’s foreign policy program and what it means. Below is an initial reading list I am giving to my students today.
An interesting study of Trump’s foreign policy ideas has been done by Thomas Wright at Brookings Insitute in Washington in recent months. And, this is the first important point to see: that Trump indeed has serious and deeply held ideas on foreign policy. Wright identifies three main tenants, as he explained in an interview in the Atlantic:
Trump’s isolationist ideology has three components, according to Wright: 1) opposition to U.S. alliances; 2) opposition to free trade; and 3) support for authoritarianism. In Wright’s view, these three beliefs, if translated into policy in a Trump administration, could do away with the liberal international order that the United States helped design after World War II and has led ever since.
Taken together, Wright argues these portend a change to the world order of a magnitude not seen since the pre-War 1930’s, when the Nazi party won elections in Germany and Continue reading