Donald Trump’s Impact on the World is Profound but Not Well Understood: Experts at Dr. Sreeram Chaulia’s Book Launch

Trump’s Impact on the World is Profound but Not Well Understood: Experts at Dr. Sreeram Chaulia’s Book Launch

New Delhi, 28 Nov, 2019: Trumped: Emerging Powers in a Post-American World, a new book authored by renowned international affairs academic, author and commentator, Dr Sreeram Chaulia, was launched today. Published by Bloomsbury and I.B. Taurus, the book challenges liberal presumptions that America has done tremendous good in the world, and that it is bound to lead the world or else there would be chaos and collapse.

Dr Chaulia is Professor and Dean, Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), O.P. Jindal Global University. In his latest work, he argues that US President Donald Trump’s disruptive, populist and isolationist foreign policy has opened the door for rising powers in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa to replace the US and take over leadership of these regions.

The book delves deep into Trump’s approach to international issues, his trademark foreign policy style, the divisions within his ‘two-track presidency’ and how the struggle between ‘nationalists’ and ‘globalists’ in the American polity is impacting on the rest of the world. It reviews how foreign policymakers in key rising power centres of the world are looking at America under Trump and adjusting their national security and economic strategies and also provides fresh thinking about the future of the international order by arguing that the solution to a withdrawing and isolationist US is not a return to a single global order but new ‘post-American’ regionally-based multiple orders

Speaking at the book launch at the United Service Institution (USI) in Delhi, Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, Vivekananda International Foundation and former Deputy National Security Adviser of India (2014-2017), said that there is a need to develop an Indian narrative on global issues. “Dr. Chaulia’s book gives us a very confident and bold assertions that countries like India can take advantage of the emerging world order. What will be the shape of this new multi-polar world?”, he added.

Following the release of the book, Ms. Meera Shankar, Ambassador of India to the United States (2009 to 2011), Dr. Harsh Pant, Professor, Kings College London, United Kingdom, Ms. Smita Sharma, Foreign Affairs Journalist and Editor and Mr. Marc Reyes, Fulbright Scholar and Researcher, University of Connecticut, United States participated in an engaging panel discussion. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Mohan Kumar, Vice Dean, Jindal School of International Affairs and former Ambassador of India to France (2015-2017)

About the book:

Trumped: Emerging Powers in a Post-American World is a major contribution to the academic and policymaking literature on foreign relations and world order. It challenges Western liberal presumptions that without America as the global policeman and financier, there would be chaos and collapse in the world or a takeover by totalitarian China. It argues that there is no need to despair about US President Donald Trump’s self-goal of undermining American leadership around the world because capable rising powers in different regions can fill the vacuum left by Trump’s abandonment and provide order, peace, security and prosperity in their respective areas.

Readers get insights into the domestic structural pressures motivating Trump’s trademark foreign policy insurgency and the divisions within his ‘two-track presidency’ between ‘nationalists’ and ‘globalists’ which are profoundly impacting on Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The author provides an alternative vision from the lens of powerful developing countries by arguing that the solution to a withdrawing and isolationist US is not a return to US interventionism or a China-dominated new global order but multiple ‘post-American’ regionally based orders.

ABOUT O.P. JINDAL GLOBAL UNIVERSITY

The Government of India has recognised JGU as an “Institution of Eminence” (IoE). JGU is the only non-STEM and non-Medicine University which has been recognised as an IoE. JGU is an initiative of the Jindal Steel & Power Foundation. Founded in 2009, O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) is a non-profit global and research oriented university established by the Government of Haryana and recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC). JGU maintains a 1:10 faculty-student ratio and appoints faculty members from India and different parts of the world with outstanding academic qualifications and experience. With over 5000 students studying and living on a fully residential campus, JGU’s eight schools are: law, business, international affairs, public policy, liberal arts & humanities, journalism, art & architecture and banking & finance. This year, JGU became the youngest Indian university to break into the QS World University Rankings 2020. JGU is the only Indian private university in the top 150 ‘young’ universities in the world (under 50 years of age) in the QS Young University Rankings 2020. JGU is the youngest University in the world to feature in both these rankings.

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