Trump Doctrine

Sanctions Backlash Threatens to Upend US Dollar Dominance

Trump at a 2018 G20 meeting, CC White House Flickr, modified, public domain

One of the enduring legacies of the Trump presidency might be how allies and enemies alike came together to dismantle the US monopoly on global financial transactions.

Emerging Powers See Opportunities under Trump Doctrine

White House, modified, public domain,

While the United States looks inward, former allies and economic partners are increasingly looking elsewhere.

The Border Wall Nobody Talks About

US - Mexico Border Fence, cc Flickr Tony Webster, modifier,

For all the vicious debate, people may be surprised to learn that a US-Mexico border wall already exists.

US-China Trade War: Chinese Tariffs Aim at the Heart of Trump Country

NingboAssembly, cc Flickr Siyuwj, modified,,_Ningbo.JPG

China’s response to the Trump tariffs was both swift and finely tuned to inflict maximum political damage on the president and his Republican allies in Congress.

Trump Expands His Trade War to China

cc Flickr Håkan Dahlström, modified,

The opening volleys have been fired in the long awaited US-China trade war.

Tillerson Fired as Trump Veers “America First”

cc Flickr Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, modified,

Trump has installed a kindred spirit at the top of the State Department. The move can be expected to reverberate throughout US foreign policy, notably in the administration’s approach to Iran.

Outlook 2018: The Year in Trump


What twists and turns can we expect from the Trump show in 2018?

President Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Jerusalem Dome of the Rock, cc Flickr Dennis Jarvis, modified,

Following through with one of his campaign promises, President Trump has bucked decades of US policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trump’s Watergate? Not Yet

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office to discuss the shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, July 20, 2012. Briefing the President are: FBI Director Robert Mueller; Chief of Staff Jack Lew; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; Kathryn Ruemmler, Counsel to the President; and Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The first charges in Mueller’s Russia probe are unlikely to put a real dent in President Trump’s popularity ratings, let alone lead to impeachment proceedings.

President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: East Asia

THAADLaunch, cc Flickr U.S. Missile Defense Agency, modified,

The geopolitical world order is being remade under President Trump, but not necessarily in the way he intends. This series takes a region-by-region look at US foreign policy and asks: What does the decline of US power and influence mean for the world?

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