Location: Faculty of English, Room GR05
Description: On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump won the American presidential election, to the joy of some and the shock of many across the globe.
Now that Trump is Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful country on Earth, Americans and non-Americans alike have been left wondering what that means for the world.
It has been widely claimed that Trump’s foreign policy views are impulsive, inconsistent and were improvised on the campaign trail. In their recently published book, the historians Charlie Laderman (King’s College, London) and Brendan Simms(University of Cambridge) shows that this assumption is dangerously false. Trump has had a consistent position on international trade and America’s alliances since he first flirted with the idea of running for president in the 1980s. Over the past three decades, he has been laying out in interviews, articles, books and tweets what amounts to a foreign policy philosophy. This event will explore how Trump’s worldview was formed, what might result if it is applied in policy terms and the potential consequences for the rest of the world.
About the Speakers:
Dr Charlie Laderman is a lecturer at King’s College, London. His research focuses on 19th and 20th century America and its relations with the wider world, with an emphasis on the intersection between U.S. and International History, the interconnection between U.S. foreign policy and domestic politics.
Professor Brendan Simms is an expert on European geopolitics, past and present. His principal interests are the German Question, Britain and Europe, Humanitarian Intervention and state construction. He teaches at both undergraduate and graduate level in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and the Faculty of History.