Donald Trump and American Leverage in the Balkans

Now almost six months after the inauguration of Donald Trump, it is still very unclear how his foreign policy will deviate from the foreign policy of previous presidents. So far, Trump’s actions have been more symbolic than concrete, as his most important actions have been policy statements or executive orders, such as his immigration ban, which have been held up in court. While symbolic, Trump’s foreign policy statements to the this point represent a dramatic departure from the way previous US presidents have talked about the world and the relationship with US allies. While Trump delayed reaffirmation of the United States’ commitment to Article 5 of the NATO Treaty cast doubt on the United States’ reliability as an ally, he has not yet had the opportunity to show how the United States would act in a crisis.

John Hulsey

John Hulsey

John W. Hulsey is a Associate Professor of Political Science at The James Madison Univeristy. He received a B.A. degree in Political Science, German and European Studies from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. He completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at Indiana University-Bloomington. His dissertation investigates the effect of ethnic political competition on local-level governance outcomes in societies after civil wars. Hulsey’s teaching interests include comparative politics broadly, with more specialized courses on state-building after civil wars, post-communism, ethnopolitics, the politics of the Balkans and of Eastern Europe, the politics of empire, the European Union, and comparative politics for teachers.


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