April 2017

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Trump and World Order: The Return of Self-Help

CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU MEETS WITH U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IN THE OVAL OFFICE AT THE WHITE HOUSE. (KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU MEETS WITH U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IN THE OVAL OFFICE AT THE WHITE HOUSE. (KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

Although U.S. foreign policy varies with each administration, the presidents of the past seventy years have sent a clear message that the United States stands for more than just its own well-being. That is about to change. In an article for Foreign Affairs magazine, CFR Senior Fellow Stewart Patrick analyzes the potential signs of countries hedging against the United States in a world where U.S. leadership in geopolitics, economics, and climate change is uncertain. For more, read the Foreign Affairs article »

 

TRUMP’S BUDGET

Trump’s Budget Slashes U.S. Diplomacy
 
U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S OVERVIEW OF THE BUDGET PRIORITIES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 ARE DISPLAYED AT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT PUBLISHING OFFICE IN WASHINGTON. (JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS)  

U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S OVERVIEW OF THE BUDGET PRIORITIES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 ARE DISPLAYED AT THE U.S. GOVERNMENT PUBLISHING OFFICE IN WASHINGTON. (JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS)

 

By proposing cuts to already modest outlays for U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance, the unapologetic “hard power” budget proposed by President Donald J. Trump reveals alarming ignorance about the threats to U.S. national security and what is needed to advance U.S. global interests. Patrick finds that although Trump’s budget is vague on many details, the numbers he does provide are worrisome. For more, read the Internationalist post »

 
What the Budget Would Mean for Humanitarian Aid
 
A BOY CRIES AS A LEECH IS APPLIED ON HIS FOOT DURING A LEECH THERAPY IN SRINAGAR, INDIA, ON MARCH 21, 2017. (DANISH ISMAI/ REUTERS)  

A BOY CRIES AS A LEECH IS APPLIED ON HIS FOOT DURING A LEECH THERAPY IN SRINAGAR, INDIA, ON MARCH 21, 2017. (DANISH ISMAI/ REUTERS)

 

Trump’s proposal has caused considerable consternation in the foreign assistance, development, global health, and research communities, all of which would experience severe funding reductions. In a post for the Internationalist, CFR Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett attempts to sort out the likely impact of the Trump administration proposal on humanitarian assistance. For more, read the Internationalist post »

 
 

For more CFR experts on what is ahead for President Trump, read:

Philip Gordon, A Vision of Trump at War

Charles Kupchan, Trump and Merkel Need to Find a Way to Work Together

Richard Haass, Out of Time in North Korea

Elizabeth Economy, When the United States Abdicates the Throne, Who Will Lead?

 

The Scottish Play: The End of a United Kingdom?
 
SCOTLAND’S FIRST MINISTER, NICOLA STURGEON, GREETS THE UNITED KINGDOM’S PRIME MINISTER, THERESA MAY, AT BUTE HOUSE IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND. (RUSSELL CHEYNE/REUTERS)  

SCOTLAND’S FIRST MINISTER, NICOLA STURGEON, GREETS THE UNITED KINGDOM’S PRIME MINISTER, THERESA MAY, AT BUTE HOUSE IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND. (RUSSELL CHEYNE/REUTERS)

 

The decision by British voters last June to leave the European Union has thrown the bloc into turmoil. Patrick argues that the implications for Great Britain could be even more profound and may portend the dissolution of the United Kingdom. For more, read the Internationalist post »

 

Canary in the Coal Mine: The Arctic as a National Imperative
 
THE CREW OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD CUTTER HEALY RETRIEVES SUPPLIES FOR SOME MID-MISSION FIXES DROPPED BY PARACHUTE FROM A C-130 IN THE ARCTIC OCEAN. (NASA/REUTERS)  

THE CREW OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD CUTTER HEALY RETRIEVES SUPPLIES FOR SOME MID-MISSION FIXES DROPPED BY PARACHUTE FROM A C-130 IN THE ARCTIC OCEAN. (NASA/REUTERS)

 

CFR Research Associate Theresa Lou highlights four main takeaways from the new CFR Independent Task Force report on the Arctic, which finds that unless the United States elevates the importance of the Arctic, it will miss out on economic opportunities, harm the planet, and weaken U.S. strategic standing in this new frontier. For more, read the Internationalist post »

 

A New Leader for the Blue Helmets
 
UN MISSION IN SOUTH SUDAN PEACEKEEPERS MEET WOMEN AND CHILDREN ON THEIR PATH DURING A PATROL NEAR BENTIU, IN NORTHERN SOUTH SUDAN, FEBRUARY 11, 2017. (SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS)  

UN MISSION IN SOUTH SUDAN PEACEKEEPERS MEET WOMEN AND CHILDREN ON THEIR PATH DURING A PATROL NEAR BENTIU, IN NORTHERN SOUTH SUDAN, FEBRUARY 11, 2017. (SIEGFRIED MODOLA/REUTERS)

 

Heading the UN peacekeeping department is a difficult task at the best of times. But the new head of UN peacekeeping, appointed on April 4, faces an even tougher task, given the combination of a penny-pinching Trump administration and several precarious missions, writes Megan Roberts, associate director of CFR’s International Institutions and Global Governance program. For more, read the Internationalist post »

 

The Importance of Information Integrity in Cyberspace
 
VISITORS AT THE MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS LOOK AT THEIR MOBILE PHONES IN BARCELONA ON FEBRUARY 24, 2014. (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS)  

VISITORS AT THE MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS LOOK AT THEIR MOBILE PHONES IN BARCELONA ON FEBRUARY 24, 2014. (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS)

 

In the newest Global Memo, Chatham House Research Director Patricia Lewis argues that approaches to cyber governance need to give more prominence to the concept of information integrity. Safeguarding a trustworthy internet and building confidence in the integrity of information is a critical part of a strong cybersecurity regime because of the growing risk that political and personal decisions are based on inadequate or false information in cyberspace. For more, read the Global Memo »

 

Inequality and the Rise of Authoritarianism
 
DEMONSTRATORS SUPPORTING BREXIT PROTEST OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT IN LONDON, BRITAIN. (TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS)  

DEMONSTRATORS SUPPORTING BREXIT PROTEST OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT IN LONDON, BRITAIN. (TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS)

 

For many people in the Western world, promises of prosperity seem to have been replaced by job loss, low economic growth, and uneven distribution of wealth. This growing disillusionment with the status quo has rattled politics across the globe and resulted in declining support for liberal democracy. To help understand this situation, Patrick recently moderated a panel on inequality and the rise of authoritarianism at the International Studies Association annual convention. For more, read the full transcript and audio for the session »

 

The Status of Women and Girls in 2017
 
WOMEN HOLD BANNERS DURING A GATHERING TO MARK INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IN DOWNTOWN LISBON, PORTUGAL, ON MARCH 8, 2017. (RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS)  

WOMEN HOLD BANNERS DURING A GATHERING TO MARK INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY IN DOWNTOWN LISBON, PORTUGAL, ON MARCH 8, 2017. (RAFAEL MARCHANTE/REUTERS)

 

To commemorate International Women’s Day, Patrick sat down with CFR Senior Fellow Rachel Vogelstein to talk about the status of women and girls around the world in 2017 and the relationship between women’s advancement and broader U.S. foreign policy interests. For more, view the video of the discussion »

 

ABOUT THE IIGG PROGRAM

The International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program aims to identify the institutional requirements for effective multilateral cooperation in the twenty-first century; propose reforms to strengthen or replace international institutions; and promote effective responses by the United States and its partners to today's daunting global challenges.

 

Stewart M. Patrick
@StewartMPatrick
Senior Fellow and Director

Miles Kahler
@MilesKahler
Senior Fellow for Global Governance

Megan Roberts
Associate Director

Terrence Mullan
Program Coordinator

Theresa Lou
Research Associate