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New class on international implications of the Trump presidency

March 31, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump. Photo Credit: White House Press.

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 unwillingness 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 class will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 110 of Kane Hall. Two credits are available for students who register and attend regularly.

Interested members of the public may attend this student class on a space available basis.

Trump in the World Schedule

March 29: The Global Context, with Dan Chirot, professor of international studies.

April 5: Authoritarian Trends from the Past to the Present, with Devin Naar, associate professor of international studies and history.

April 12: Asia, with Anand Yang, professor of international studies.

April 19: Mexico, with Vanessa Freije, assistant professor of international studies.

April 26: Europe, with visiting EU Fellow Ernesto Penas and Sabine Lang, associate professor of international studies.

May 3: Russia, with Scott Radnitz, associate professor of international studies.

May 10: Human Rights in Latin America, with Angelina Godoy, professor of international studies.

May 17: Turkey and the Middle East, with Reşat Kasaba, professor and Jackson School director.

May 24: Migration, with Kathie Friedman, associate professor of international studies.

May 31: Final discussion, with Jackson School Director Reşat Kasaba.

For more information or to arrange media interviews, contact Monique Thormann, Jackson School director of communications, at 206-685-0578 or

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