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The Future of U.S. Empire in the Americas
The Trump Administration and Beyond

Edited By

Timothy M. Gill

ISBN 9781138354012
Published March 25, 2020 by Routledge
368 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With the rise of President Trump, many are coming to question where the United States (U.S.) is headed and, whether we might witness an imperial decline under Trump. Social scientists largely recognize the contemporary hegemonic position of the U.S. at the global level, but questions persist concerning the future of the U.S. Empire. With the Trump Administration at the helm, these questions are all the more salient.

Drawing on the expertise of a panel of contributors and guided by Michael Mann’s model of power, this book critically interrogates the future of U.S. global power and provides insights on what we might expect from the U.S. Empire under Trump. Recognizing that U.S. imperial power involves an array of sources of power (ideological, economic, military, and political), the contributors analyze the Trump Administration’s approach towards nine countries in the Western Hemisphere, and five sets of global policies, including inter-American relations, drugs, trade, the environment, and immigration. Each case presents a historical look at the trajectory of relations as they have developed under Trump and what we might expect in the future from the administration.

The Future of U.S. Empire in the Americas will be of great interest to students and scholars of U.S. foreign policy, Foreign Policy Analysis, political sociology, and American politics.

Table of Contents

1. The State of U.S. Empire in the Americas under the Trump Administration

Timothy M. Gill

2. Self-Interest, Prejudice, and Liberalism: A History of U.S. Empire in the Americas

Alan McPherson

Part 1: Country Case Studies

3. Trump and Venezuela: Return to the Monroe Doctrine

David Smilde

4. From Hostility to Engagement—and Back: U.S. Policy towards Cuba under the Obama and Trump Administrations

Martina Kunović

5. U.S.–Mexico Relations in the Trump Era and Beyond: Racial Capitalism Rearticulated

Diana Graizbord

6. The More Things Change: Continuities in U.S. Foreign Policy toward Nicaragua under the Trump Administration

Pamela Neumann

7. Trumping the Agenda? Continuity and Discontinuity in Foreign Affairs in U.S.–Colombia Relations

Magda Catalina Jiménez and Fabio Andrés Díaz Pabón

8. Donald Trump and U.S. Global Power: A View from Argentina

Anabella Busso

9. The Empire Strikes Back: U.S.–Brazil Relations from Obama to Trump

Bryan Pitts

10. The Trump Administration and Canada: America First

Michael Hawes and Christopher Kirkey

11. Trump and the Continuation of American Empire in Haiti

Grace Wu and Kevin Edmonds

Part 2: Regional Concerns

12. Reaching the Boiling Point: Energy and Climate Policy under the Trump Administration

Philip G. Lewin

13. Old Wine, New Bottles: Presidential Attitudes towards Organized Labor from Carter to Trump

Jon Shefner and Zachary McKenney

14. Trump and U.S. Drug Policy in the Americas: No End in Sight of War and Repression

William Avilés

15. Immigration Policy under the Trump Administration

Rachel Navarre

16. Inter-American Relations in the Trump Era: Holding Autonomy behind the Wall

Melisa Deciancio and Bruno Dalponte

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Timothy M. Gill is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He has published within both academic and public outlets on topics including Venezuelan politics, U.S. global empire, and sociological theory.


"Gill assembled a top-notch and diverse group of scholars to examine the state of U.S. empire in Latin America in the Donald Trump era. This timely and comprehensive volume is a worthy addition to the debate over shifts in U.S. influence in the region."Gregory Weeks, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

"A fine collection of essays that provides valuable insights into the operation of U.S. empire in the Americas under President Donald Trump. It details the attempts to maintain U.S. hegemony through a revival of the Monroe Doctrine while emphasising the limits to what can be achieved in the new global conjuncture." Victor Bulmer-Thomas, Institute of the Americas, UCL