The Foreign Policy of the Trump Administration
President Trump entered the White House with a vision of America's place in the world but very limited experience in the areas of foreign and security policy. He appointed as Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, who possessed an impressive record as an international businessman and negotiator as CEO of Exxon, but lacked a background in public office. The President quickly turned to three generals to fill key national security positions: James Mattis as Secretary of Defense, John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security and H.R.
McMaster as National Security Advisor. This team early on was faced with several key issues, including civil war in Syria, our ongoing struggle against international terrorists, most significantly ISIS (Daesh), the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, strained relations with our Allies regarding the role of Russia and concerns about Iranian intentions, differences with our partners over trade, tariffs and economic rules of the game, and how to deal with immigration and borders.
The course will examine several of the issues noted above, as well as focus on the national security team put together by the President, and implications for America's foreign relations and national security. By understanding the policymakers' roles, personalities and views regarding the international system, the course should provide insights into possible decisions and outcomes.
Course Instructor: Sherwood McGinnis
Registration required. Limited to 25 participants.
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