Book Launch - US Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump by Reuben Steff

Date Wednesday 21 October 2020
Time 3pm - 5pm
Where I.2.22, University of Waikato
Presenter Reuben Steff
Admission Cost Free

When asked how he deals with the frenetic madness that surrounds him, Donald J. Trump once responded “I am the storm”. Meanwhile, senior officials in his administration say the US president believes that “permanent destabilisation creates American advantage”.

Against this backdrop, it is more important than ever that we try to make sense of what is happening. To do this, Dr Steff uses a levels-of-analysis framework in his new book to interrogate contemporary US foreign policy. This includes consideration of how the president’s brutal worldview projects itself in US foreign policy, the role of domestic political factors, Trump’s negotiation tactics and penchant for unpredictability, and finally how changes in the international balance of power is compelling a shift towards realpolitik in US grand strategy. Through this examination, the book considers the workings, successes and failures, and ultimately the long-term implications for the world, of the Trump presidency.

This is an event for staff and students of the University of Waikato.