America in Retreat: Foreign Policy under Donald Trump (World Social Change)
Mel Gurtov (Author)
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This deeply researched book offers a comprehensive analysis of the domestic politics and international consequences of Trump's foreign policy. Mel Gurtov provides detailed case studies of policy toward key countries and regions, including China, Russia, North Korea, Europe, and the Middle East. He makes a vigorous argument, centered on human-interest priorities and values, for rejecting a foreign policy of neglect and ineptness when it comes to the major issues of our times: climate change, China's rise, multiple US wars, human rights, authoritarian leadership, and nuclear weapons. Gurtov argues that Trump is a nationalist and illiberal populist whose policy views have been molded chiefly by his business practices, leading to an obsession with "winning," elevation of ego and loyalty over expertise, and preference for threats over diplomacy. Trump holds to a few simple ideas about the US role in the world: too expensive, too subject to other countries and institutions, and too influenced by "globalist" concerns such as democracy, climate crisis, human rights, and the rule of law. Trump will leave a deeply negative mark on the reputation and credibility of the United States, and on its policy-making process. But Gurtov concludes that a liberal successor should be able to reverse the worst features of the Trump era and restore foreign policy to its true purpose: exemplifying America's commitment to humane and democratic governance and cooperative economic relations with allies and economic partners.
About the Author
Mel Gurtov is professor emeritus of political science at Portland State University and senior editor of Asian Perspective. His books include Engaging Adversaries: Peacemaking and Diplomacy in the Human Interest (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). He blogs at "In the Human Interest," available at https://melgurtov.com.
- Contributor: Mel Gurtov
- Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield
- ISBN13: 9781538145661
- Number of Pages: 212
- Packaged Dimensions: 160x228x23mm
- Packaged Weight: 499
- Format: Hardback
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
- Release Date: 2020-08-14
- Series: World Social Change
- Binding: Hardback
- Biography: Mel Gurtov is professor emeritus of political science at Portland State University and senior editor of Asian Perspective. His books include Engaging Adversaries: Peacemaking and Diplomacy in the Human Interest (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018). He blogs at "In the Human Interest," available at https://melgurtov.com.
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