President Trump has drastically shaken up America’s foreign policy establishment, from how the US treats its allies to its approach toward sovereignty and global institutions. The Taliban peace deal to withdraw US forces while releasing thousands of Taliban prisoners is just one example. But where does Trump’s foreign policy fit into American history and, in particular, the conservative tradition?
In “Age of Iron: On Conservative Nationalism” (Oxford University Press, 2019), Colin Dueck tells the story of Republican foreign policy since the 20th century. He describes the shifting coalitions and priorities that have shaped policy, arguing that conservative nationalism is actually the oldest democratic tradition in US foreign relations.
Join his discussion with AEI’s Hal Brands on Trump’s place in this history and the outlook on conservative foreign policy in the era of renewed great-power competition.
This audio first appeared at an AEI event held on September 25, 2019, at AEI’s headquarters in Washington, DC.
Watch the full event here.