The Brief, February 2018


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February  12, 2018 

Trump’s First Year In Office
As U.S. President Donald Trump's first year in office came to a close, Johns Hopkins SAIS experts weighed in on the impact of his tenure on U.S. foreign policy, international diplomacy, and democratic institutions.

Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs Hal Brands wrote in Bloomberg that the "president's entire first year has represented a veritable assault on American soft power — one that will likely cause damage outlasting Trump's time in office." Read more

Trump spent much of the year threatening to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal and impose sanctions, a move Associate Director of Strategic Studies Mara Karlin told Axios could shift the spotlight onto U.S. policies in the Middle East, which would be "unhelpful for broader national U.S. security interests." Read more

Director of Strategic Studies Eliot A. Cohen wrote in Foreign Affairs that being in office has done little to moderate Trump's belligerent rhetoric or alter his views on international agreements, but — despite being a highly erratic version of the Republican normal — "he has been strong on defense, willing to use force, and committed to allies." Read more

European and Eurasian Studies Scholar-in-Residence James Mann wrote in The New York Review of Books that although the "courts have ruled against him or Congress has failed to do what he wants, Trump has inflicted considerable damage on domestic policy through his appointments and executive actions." Read more

Professor Emeritus of American Foreign Policy Michael Mandelbaum wrote in The American Interest that Trump's presidential Tweets and apparent lack of interest in broadening his base of supporters "harms Republican electoral fortunes in 2018 and 2020, [and] it will have a major effect on the Trump presidency." Read more

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