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Jennifer M. Miller

Japan has long stood at the core of Donald J. Trump’s understandings of U.S . foreign policy, international trade, the global economy, and executive power. In the fall of 1987, when Trump first flirted with a run for the presidency—even giving an October speech in New Hampshire—he spent almost

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Mitchell B. Lerner

In November 2015, six months after announcing his candidacy for the presidency of the United States, Donald J. Trump sketched out a foreign policy vision in his book titled Crippled America . Although vague on specific solutions, the account made it clear that Trump aspired to lead the nation

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David C. Kang

* The author extends his thanks to James Matray, Mitch Lerner, an anonymous referee, and the participants at the roundtable on “Trump’s First year in Asia,” held at the Ohio State University on 29 January 2018. What has been the impact of Donald J. Trump’s presidency on the place of the United

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Meredith Oyen

In 2016, the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump promised that upon his election, “China will be on notice that America is back in the global leadership business….” 1 To his supporters, who long had decried what they viewed as the surrender of world leadership during the eight years of

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Wali Aslam

The cruise-missile strike conducted by US President Donald J. Trump on a Syrian airbase on 6 April 2017 surprised many. Even though the President had promised an ‘unpredictable’ 1 foreign policy during his Presidential campaign, very few expected that he would actually launch 59 missiles

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Maria Boletsi

lies on the role of the barbarian in the profiling of the political persona that has come to exemplify this politics: Donald J. Trump. Barbarian Invasions: An Enlightenment Trope The catchphrases ‘barbarian invasions’ and ‘barbarians at the gate’ may hark back to Roman history, but owe their

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American Horror Show

Election 2016 and the Ascent of Donald J. Trump

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Douglas Kellner

American Horror Show describes the last weeks of the 2016 election, Trump’s victory, his transition and construction of a scandal-ridden cabinet and administration, to his inaugural speech and the first 30 days of his presidency.
The text uses a multidimensional analysis to explain Trump’s victory, including his mobilization of an authoritarian populist movement, the use of fake news to attack Hillary Clinton, the intervention of FBI Director James Comey 11 days before the election, claiming that another investigation of Clinton’s emails was underway, and the intervention of Russian hacking of Democratic Party email and the use of this email against Clinton.
Questions are raised concerning relationships between the Russian hacking and attacks against Clinton and members of Trump’s campaign. The remarkable positive remarks from Trump concerning Putin, followed by putting pro-Putin Republicans in key posts of his administration, raise questions about Trump administration relations and connections to Russia.
Finally, the first 30 days of Trump’s administration show that he is a rightwing billionaire and militarist who has carried out an extreme rightwing Republican agenda and is not a populist concerned about the working class.
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Mitchell B. Lerner

Donald J. Trump’s election to the presidency has unsettled many areas of U.S. foreign policy, but few have been shaken more than the nation’s relationship with East Asia. At the time of this writing, a summit with North Korea may or may not happen; a trade war with China may or may not be on

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James I. Matray

response, the United States deployed the thaad (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) anti-missile system in the Republic of Korea ( rok ). New u.s. President Donald J. Trump also made public statements suggesting the possibility of military action against North Korea, igniting an angry debate inside