The Trump doctrine in foreign policy: foundations, ruptures and continuities

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Juan Tovar Ruiz, Profesor contratado doctor interino de Relaciones Internacionales, Departamento de Derecho Público, Universidad de Burgos

The Trump administration’s foreign policy has generated significant debates in the field of US foreign policy studies. Using a methodology based on theoretical elements such as neoclassical realism and Foreign Policy Analysis, this paper seeks to unravel the foundations of his administration’s foreign policy in areas like decision-making processes, doctrinal and ideological bases and the ruptures and continuities with his predecessor’s foreign policy. The conclusions provide a more nuanced view of the foreign policy of a US president inspired by different theoretical sources with more continuities with his predecessor than most authors admit, but conditioned by a dysfunctional decision-making process and the lack of strategy in the medium and long term.

Key words: Trump administration, foreign policy, United States, doctrine, decision-making process

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