March 2018 – Despite rhetoric suggesting a radical “America first” departure from decades of U.S. global relations, President Donald Trump largely is being co-opted by the foreign policy establishment, according to a preeminent scholar and expert who spoke at Drew University.
Stephen Walt, the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, is considered a realist in foreign policy and has questioned the policies of the past three U.S. presidents as they pursued nation building abroad.
Walt, a resident associate of the Carnegie Foundation for Peace and guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, was a guest of the Visiting Scholars Program of Drew’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the Janet T. Siler International Affairs Forum. He spent two days on campus with students and faculty before delivering a talk at The Concert Hall and answering questions from the audience.
Walt, who’s also a contributing editor at Foreign Policy, was introduced by Drew Professor Phil Mundo, his classmate in graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. On the macro issue of where U.S. foreign policy is headed, Walt had much to say. Here are five key points.