Trump and the Middle East, personality, ideology and militarisation |

Trump and the Middle East, personality, ideology and militarisation

Evening Talk


Synopsis:

The former Governor of New York, Mario Cuomo, famously argued that politicians ‘campaign in poetry but govern in prose.’ For the Trump administration, the tension between the rhetoric the Trump campaign deployed to win the election and the discipline of running the United States could not be more profound. In the foreign policy realm, these tensions are personified by the struggle to influence foreign policy between Stephen K. Bannon, the White House Chief Strategist, and Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the National Security Adviser. Bannon deployed a unilateralist, if not neo-isolationist rhetoric during the campaign in his successful attempt to solidify a voting bloc of previously alienated and marginalised Americans. McMaster, on the other hand, has spent his adult life in the US military, engaged in multilateral campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. This lecture will use the case study of the Trump administration’s approach to the Middle East, specifically policy towards Iraq, the fight against the Islamic State and the Gulf Cooperation Council. It will combine this case study with the tools of comparative Foreign Policy Analysis to examine the ideological and organisational divisions within the White House that have exacerbated President Trump’s own very idiosyncratic style of leadership to deliver a set of contradictory and destabilising policies in one of the world’s most unstable regions.


Speaker(s):
Prof Toby Dodge

Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics, Director of LSE’s Middle East Centre, and Visiting Researcher, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore.

Professor Dodge is Professor of International Relations, International Relations Department, London School of Economics and Political Science, Director of LSE’s Middle East Centre, and currently Visiting Researcher, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore. His research concentrates on the evolution of the post colonial state in the international system. The main focus of this work on the developing world is the state in the Middle East, specifically Iraq.


Chair Person:

Prof Kanti Prasad Bajpai, Director, Centre on Asia and Globalisation and Wilmar Professor on Asian Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy


Date:
Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Time:
5.15pm - 6.30pm

Venue:

Seminar Room 3-1,
Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772


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