The Trump Doctrine: The Art of Creative Disruption

  • Richard Javad Heydarian


Drawing on British Philosopher Isaiah Berlin’s application of the binary distinction between what the ancient Greek poet Archilochus called the hedgehogs and the foxes, the chapter seeks to decipher the so-called Trump doctrine. It briefly discusses the largely negative views of the global Western intelligentsia towards the controversial American president, while forwarding a more nuanced view, which assesses the potential strengths and much-needed disruption brought about by Trump. The chapter argues that while there are legitimate concerns over the temperament, judgment, and wisdom of the American leader, his heterodox approach to global affairs has introduced new sets of opportunities, which may paradoxically, over the long run, facilitate the creation of a more robust and symmetrical security architecture in the Indo-Pacific.


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  • Richard Javad Heydarian
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  1. 1.Visiting Research FellowNational Chengchi UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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