Robert Kagan argues that President Trump has thus far shown little interest in preserving the liberal world order.
Robert Kagan, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Project on International Order and Strategy, Brookings Institution
Chair: Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House
Does Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ rhetoric imply a US foreign policy agenda based on a limited recognition of international law norms and the traditional global order? And has this change in how the US views its global role come at a time when a number of large and medium-size powers are agitating for change in the established global hegemony? Robert Kagan argues that President Trump has thus far shown little interest in preserving the liberal world order. He campaigned against America’s traditional role in the world and, in his early days in office, has withdrawn from the TPP, criticized NATO and sought warmer relations with Russia. Kagan analyzes whether the new US administration is likely to continue down this path and asks, if the United States does indeed step back from its historical role, what will happen to the ‘liberal’ nature of the world global system order.