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Journal of Transatlantic Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 532–553 | Cite as

How transatlantic is the Trump Administration?

  • James McKayEmail author
Original Article

Abstract

This article measures a series of outputs to determine the Trump Administration’s relative prioritization of efforts by region (Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific). These are mentions of threats or allies in key strategy policy documents, mentions of threats or allies in budget requests, days spent in visits or hosting visits by region, sanctions, and military effort (to include security cooperation) in the region. This was also compared with its equivalent from the Obama Administration as means of assessing change and continuity. The results suggested that the Trump Administration’s priority was not Europe. In addition, the Trump Administration, despite its Jacksonian rhetoric, appears to be pursuing strategies of offshore balancing in Europe and Middle East but seeks primacy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Keywords

Trump Administration United States foreign policy International security 

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