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Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump Symposium

President Trump’s “America First” foreign policy has challenged the US foreign policy establishment, taxed alliances, and shaken the global order. The administration has imposed major restrictions on international trade and investment, abandoned agreements and negotiations such as the Trans Pacific Partnership, the Paris Accords, and the JCPOA, chided allies like France and Germany, and engaged adversaries such as North Korea.

Observers have expressed concerns that President Trump’s polarizing, populist rhetoric and sudden, unexpected reversals on important policy matters may destabilize the international order and damage the United States’ reputation with foreign governments for years to come. Unsurprisingly, given this frenetic pace of activity, scholarship on the causes and consequences of these shifts has failed to keep pace.

Are these concerns valid? Will the “Trump Doctrine” lead only to calamity? Or will President Trump’s unorthodox style lead to foreign policy gains for the United States in some areas? Will the changes that the Trump administration is pursuing reflect the idiosyncrasies of an outlier presidency or the beginnings of much deeper changes in US foreign policy?

The Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump symposium will bring together leading political scientists from across the country to explore this radical revision to US foreign policy.In doing so, we hope to better understand the key components of foreign policy in the Age of Trump and their likely consequences for our nation, and the world, today.





Papers are available only to symposium participants. (Please refer to the password sent to participants via email.)


Out-of-town guests will be staying at the Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Midtown at USC, located at 3540 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Refer to the email from Anne Johnson for confirmation numbers, and you can contact the Radisson with any other questions (213) 748-4141.




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