In his brief address, Trump paints a bleak picture of the country, of one filled with "carnage" and littered with the "tombstones" of defunct factories. He declares, "From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America First." Read Walter Russell Mead's assessment of Trump's unprecedented election in "The Jacksonian Revolt."
President Donald Trump came into office promising to overthrow longstanding tenets of U.S. foreign policy. Since then, he has scorned allies, lauded enemies, and engaged in unrestrained Twitter battles with volatile world leaders. At Foreign Affairs we've covered it all and, more importantly, explained what it means—for the United States, for its relations with other nations, and for the world as a whole. Here is a collection of some of our best analysis on the many key moments of Trump's turbulent first year as 45th president of the United States.
As part of an effort to keep out what he calls "radical Islamic terrorists," Trump signs an executive order imposing a 90-day entry ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. Read Alex Nowrasteh's take on the "deplorable ban" and why it is ultimately "an expensive order that won't work." (Also read our explainer on why the term "radical Islamic terrorism" is problematic.)
Speaking from the White House Rose Garden, Trump announces that he is withdrawing the United States from the landmark agreement, which was signed a year before by 195 nations. Read Robert N. Stavins' somber look at the consequences of abandoning the pact. For a more optimistic forecast, read Brian Deese's "Why the Climate Agreement Will Survive Trump."
During a trip to Little Havana, Miami, Trump announces his intentions of halting an Obama-era plan to ease relations with Cuba. Read Michael Bustamente's piece, in which he observes, "Perhaps the saddest reality of Trump’s half-measures is that they are not about Cuba at all."
As an independence day "gift," North Korean leader Kim Jong Un test launches a missile that he claims can reach the U.S. mainland. Read Michael Fuchs's analysis on why diplomacy is the most realistic option for dealing with the trigger-happy rogue state. Read Abraham M. Denmark to understand the risks of a limited strike on North Korea. For more on the origins of the crisis, read our ebook, North Korea and the Bomb.
On the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in Germany, Trump has his first face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read more on U.S.-Russian relations, and why the tensions between the two can never be resolved—only managed—in this analysis by Eugene B. Rumer, Richard Sokolsky, and Andrew S. Weiss. Robert D. Blackwill and Philip H. Gordon, on the other hand, argue that relations can't be fixed and that it's time to hit Russia where it hurts. Read why in "Containing Russia, Again."
Despite his promise for a U.S. retreat from Afghanistan, Trump approves the deployment of several thousand more American troops. Read Daniel Byman and Steven Simon's explanation of why Washington just can't seem to end this war.
Although not pulling out of the deal altogether, Trump refuses to certify it and threatens to abandon it if its terms aren't amended. Read Payam Mohseni and Sahar Nowrouzzadeh on how the decision sets the U.S. on a path toward isolation and confrontation.
U.S.-backed forces deal a huge blow to the Islamic State (ISIS) by capturing its de facto capital. With Mosul retaken in July, ISIS has now lost significant swaths of its territory. Read Benjamin Bahney and Patrick B. Johnston's "Why ISIS Could Rise Again" for an account of how the group has used, in the past, a "tried-and-true playbook for bringing itself back from near death."
The Republicans give Trump his first legislative victory, passing an unpopular tax bill quietly in the night. Read Alex Raskolnikov's criticisms of the tax plan and why, despite Trump's promises, its provisions offer no guarantee of growth.
From his first full day as president to the present day, Trump has made a string of false claims. He's said that his inauguration crowd was over a million, that mainstream media is "fake news," that Hillary Clinton benefited financially from the nuclear deal, and that the United States is the "most-taxed nation in the world," among many many others. Read Keren Yarhi-Milo who points out that Trump's lies hurt America's credibility.