Interested members of the public may attend this student class on a space available basis.
The presidency of Donald Trump has vast implications for international affairs and even the internal politics of other countries — it could lead to geopolitical realignments on a global scale.
In response, the Jackson School has launched a class on “Trump in the World: International Implications of the Trump Presidency.” The 10-lecture series will examine the impact of the 2016 election on countries and regions around the world. Each week, Jackson School faculty experts will explore perspectives from Europe, Asia, Mexico and Russia as well as questions of human rights, international cooperation and migration.
In his opening remarks for the first lecture, on March 29, about understanding the global context, Jackson School Director Reşat Kasaba said “since the inauguration of Trump it is clear that the United States is attempting a whole new approach to foreign policy and especially to the U.S. role in the world. On the whole, this seems to be a withdrawal from international obligations: The State Department is operating with a reduced staff, the Secretary of State has no background in international diplomacy, and there seems to be an unwilligness to support, financially or otherwise, the international institutions which have been the international pillars of world order since World War II, institutions like NATO, IMF and international treaties.”
The lecture’s first speaker Prof. Dan Chirot provided an overview of the U.S. role on the global stage since the turn of the 20th century and later addressed the major political, social and economic changes. Chirot said that globalization contributed to the alienation of blue-collar and lower middle-class whites in the U.S. who found themselves less skilled and ill-prepared for these changes, a factor that served as one of the catalysts for Trump’s success.
The April 26th event is focused on the impact in Europe, with visiting EU Fellow Ernesto Penas Lado and Sabine Lang, Associate Professor of international studies and Director of the Center for West European Studies.