Donald J. Trump’s vague and inconsistent discourse both before and since the election, means it is still early to foresee the implications his election as the 45th President of the United States will have on either domestic policy or global politics and policy. Nonetheless, it is possible to deduct some features of Trump’s potential foreign policy.
President-elect Trump seems to be committed to abandon multilateralism, which has been the cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy since the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Even though the U.S. seemed to deviate from this in security issues around the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was still committed to a multilateral approach in the trade arena.
Trump seems to imagine a new world order made of strong national states and regional powers engaging with each other in strategic and transactional interactions. According to Trump, the U.S. will still trade with other nations and intervene in international security and military operations, but only where the country can play a dominant role in trade and issues touch domestic interests. On the basis of this underlying rationale, we will take a look at the potential implications of a new foreign policy on global public affairs in the areas of security, climate change, trade and democracy.
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