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Age of IronOn Conservative Nationalism$
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Colin Dueck

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190079369

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190079369.001.0001

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National versus Global

National versus Global

The Trump Era

(p.105) 4 National versus Global
Age of Iron

Colin Dueck

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, a brief summary of the Trump administration’s foreign policy is provided, along with an assessment of its chief strengths and weaknesses. Donald Trump initially won the presidency arguing that US allies were essentially free-riders. Apparently many of his earliest supporters agreed. This triggered great concern as to what his worldwide policies would be, if elected. In practice, as president, Trump did in fact pull US foreign policy in a sharply nationalist direction. At the same time, he did not actually dismantle overall existing US alliances, military bases, or forward presence overseas. In effect his foreign policy amounted to a kind of pressure campaign, directed against allies and adversaries alike, on commercial as well as strategic grounds. The advantages and disadvantages of that pressure campaign are assessed.

Keywords:   nationalism, conservatism, populism, Trump presidency, American foreign policy, Republican Party

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