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Foreign Policy Issues for America

The Trump Years, 1st Edition

Edited by Richard W. Mansbach, James M. McCormick


256 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

I. Introduction

    1. America’s Decline, President Donald Trump, and the Global Liberal Order
    2. Yale H. Ferguson and Richard W. Mansbach

    3. American Foreign Policy Making: Institutions and Individuals in the Trump Administration
    4. James M. McCormick

      II. Regional Issues

    5. A Poor China Might Be More Dangerous Than a Rich China
    6. Jonathan Hassid

    7. Expanding Chinese Influence and China-U.S. Relations
    8. Yale H. Ferguson and Richard W. Mansbach

    9. Realpolitik: U.S.-Russian Relations and the Emerging Political Order
    10. Scott Feinstein and Ellen B. Pirro

    11. The Arctic: An Emerging Area of Conflict
    12. Lana Obradovic and Bethany Vailliant

    13. The Winds of Change: Europe and the United States
    14. Ellen B. Pirro

    15. Crossing Borders: U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America
    16. Ignacio Mamone and Amy Erica Smith

    17. America and the Middle East"
    18. Richard W. Mansbach

      III. Functional Issues

    19. Nuclear Weapons: A New Arms Race?
    20. Kirsten Taylor

    21. America’s Energy Transition and the Global Environment: Paradigm Shift and Policy Challenges
    22. Yu Wang

    23. Trump and Terrorism: A Major Focus of Foreign Policy
    24. Ellen B. Pirro

    25. Failed and Fragile States: The Unfinished Agenda
    26. David Carment, Mark Haichin and Yiagadeesen Samy

    27. Is Weak Cyber Security an Existential Threat?
    28. Steffen W. Schmidt

    29. Trump’s Challenges in International Political Economy
    30. Mark D. Nieman

      IV Conclusions

    31. 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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