About the Program
President Donald Trump is delivering on his pledge to remake U.S. foreign policy under the banner of America First, while a newly assertive China, a resurgent Russia, and a rogue North Korea are among the countries challenging U.S. influence and interests. The spread of transnational problems such as climate change, infectious diseases, cybersecurity, and terrorism blurs the line between domestic and foreign policy, drawing a wider range of U.S. government agencies as well as state and local governments into the foreign policy decision-making mix.
Partisan disagreement at home frustrates efforts to formulate and sustain a coherent and effective policy, potentially hindering the U.S. ability to lead by example and raising questions about whether the United States will remain a reliable ally and partner. While many experts argue that the American public wants to withdraw from the world, polls show that support for American leadership abroad has increased as voters have seen firsthand what America First means in practice.
By analyzing the forces driving and shaping foreign policy, the U.S. Foreign Policy program seeks to help policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and the general public better understand the challenges the United States faces overseas and to offer recommendations that will enable them to advance U.S. interests and values.