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Foreign Policy Issues for America

The Trump Years, 1st Edition

Edited by Richard W. Mansbach, James M. McCormick


244 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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As America’s first president never to have served in government or the military, Donald Trump entered the White House with an unformed foreign policy position. Yet he was confronted by a wide range of developing issues; the rise of China, Russian-United States relations, the resurgence of nationalism in Europe, U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America, environmental challenges, terrorism, security challenges of failing states, cyber security threats, and challenges in international political economy.

This volume focuses on these sensitive foreign policy issues that determine the prospects for American decline or continued hegemony. Contributions are divided into ‘regional’ and ‘functional’ issues, exploring the nature and significance of the challenge, the previous response, and President Trump’s policies and their consequences.

Topics have been selected to address political, military, economic, and social factors in global politics and the book will appeal to undergraduates and scholars of U.S. foreign policy at all levels.

Table of Contents

PART I. Introduction

1. America’s decline, President Donald Trump, and the global liberal order

Yale H. Ferguson and Richard W. Mansbach

2. American foreign policy making: Institutions and individuals in the Trump administration

James M. McCormick

PART II. Regional issues

3. A poor China might be more dangerous than a rich China

Jonathan Hassid

4. Expanding Chinese influence and China-United States relations

Yale H. Ferguson and Richard W. Mansbach

5. Realpolitik: United States-Russian relations and the emerging political order

Scott Feinstein and Ellen B. Pirro

6. The Arctic: An emerging area of conflict

Lana Obradovic and Bethany Vailliant

7. The winds of change: Europe and the United States

Ellen B. Pirro

8. Crossing borders: United States foreign policy in Latin America

Ignacio Mamone and Amy Erica Smith

9. America and the Middle East

Richard W. Mansbach

PART III. Functional Issues

10. Nuclear weapons: A new arms race?

Kirsten L. Taylor

11. America’s energy transition and the global environment: Paradigm shift and policy challenges

Yu Wang

12. Trump and terrorism: A major focus of foreign policy

Ellen B. Pirro

13. Failed and fragile states: The unfinished agenda

David Carment, Mark Haichin, and Yiagadeesen Samy

14. Is weak cyber security an existential threat?

Steffen W. Schmidt

15. Trump’s challenges in international political economy

Mark D. Nieman

PART IV. Conclusions

16. Prospects for America: An eroding global order and American decline?

Richard W. Mansbach and James M. McCormick

About the Editors

Richard W. Mansbach is Professor of Political Science, Iowa State University.

James M. McCormick is Professor of Political Science, Iowa State University.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy

This new series sets out to publish high quality works by leading and emerging scholars critically engaging with United States Foreign Policy. The series welcomes a variety of approaches to the subject and draws on scholarship from international relations, security studies, international political economy, foreign policy analysis and contemporary international history.

Subjects covered include the role of administrations and institutions, the media, think tanks, ideologues and intellectuals, elites, transnational corporations, public opinion, and pressure groups in shaping foreign policy, US relations with individual nations, with global regions and global institutions and America’s evolving strategic and military policies.

The series aims to provide a range of books – from individual research monographs and edited collections to textbooks and supplemental reading for scholars, researchers, policy analysts, and students.

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