Donald Trump came into the White House with a transformative agenda for America’s global role captured under the slogans ”America First” and ”Make America Great Again”. The Trump agenda, steeped in a transactionalist worldview replete with protectionist and nationalist tendencies, was not forged in a vacuum. Instead, the resonance of his message reflects a broader disenchantment amongst the general public regarding the feasibility and utility of US engagement on the international arena. To further complicate matters, such soul searching is occurring in the midst of a changing global power political and security landscape. To explore the roots and implications of this phenomenon, it is important to inquire, for instance: What are the domestic trends driving American foreign policy in the Trump era? What are their short, medium and long term implications for America’s global role? How will the evolution of this role, driven by domestic factors, impact upon America’s engagement with its allies and adversaries?
The seminar is part of the annual US Research Day organised by the Center on US Politics and Power (CUSPP) at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. The theme of US Research Day 2017 is Towards Revamped Transatlantic Relations.
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