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April 2019 - 'America First' policies are changing global perceptions of the U.S.

The Brief

April 8, 2019

'America First' policies are changing global perceptions of the U.S.

The Trump Administration’s ‘America First’ polices are shifting the landscape on issues long considered foundational to U.S. influence and leadership in the world. Johns Hopkins SAIS experts analyze these changing positions and what they mean for U.S.-global relations.

Majid Khadduri Professor of Middle East Studies and International Affairs Vali Nasr told TRT World Bigger than Five the U.S. is losing credibility in Asia and added, “by scuttling the trade agreement in Asia, we’ve opened the door for the Chinese to enter into a different trade agreement with all the Southeast Asian countries.” Watch for more.

Senior Research Professor of International Economics Anne O. Krueger wrote in Project Syndicate that “the current U.S. approach to [international] trade will result in deteriorating U.S. economic performance.”Read more.

Adjunct Lecturer Benjamin Gedan appeared on C-SPAN to argue that threatened cuts to funding for Central American nations would be counterproductive. "Governance is inadequate in these countries. If the objective of the United States is to reduce immigration, the only way we will succeed is if those countries have an improved quality of life." Watch for more.

Speyer Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar Sarah Sewall told PRI’s The World the U.S. has not engaged the Chinese publicly on Tibetan human rights issues because “we don’t even have the moral leadership of pointing out the importance of this issue.” Listen for more.

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