The struggle for the soul of American foreign policy has begun. Trump 101: What he means by "America first". Donald Trump's foreign policy is "America Only", not "America First". What a Trump Doctrine might look like — if there's one at all. This isn't a strategy, it's a syndrome: Paul Krugman on Donald the Menace. Trump's bizarre, dangerous calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia, explained. Trump's faux-pas diplomacy: The State Department is struggling to contain the fallout as Trump goes off topic in calls with foreign leaders. Hill Republicans' new role: Playing cleanup with the world for President Trump. How much weight will Trump's words carry on the world stage? Truth, lies and the Trump administration: Falsehood cannot be the basis for US foreign policy.
Trump Twitter bursts throw decades-old alliances into chaos. Trump's foreign policy chaos: America's most unpredictable president has come to power just as the liberal world order is giving way. America's new president is not a rational actor: Whether by accident or design, Donald Trump is isolating himself and erratically unraveling the world order. What does it mean that Trump is "Leader of the Free World"? The puzzling resilience of a Cold War concept. Trump has already blown it: The president could have started a foreign-policy revolution — instead, he triggered a foreign-policy revolt.
Trump tried and failed to build a wall in Ireland — that could mean big trouble for Europe. For Europe, there's a new threat in town: The U.S. From Der Spiegel, Europe must defend itself against a dangerous president: The United States president is becoming a danger to the world — it is time for Germany and Europe to prepare their political and economic defenses. Gunther Hellmann (Frankfurt): Germany's World: Power and Followership in a Crisis-ridden Europe. Worried about NATO? Here are 3 things to watch. Colin Dueck on Trump, Europe, and the quest to save NATO.
The world has taken Donald Trump's measure: Toxic, incompetent, and weak. Authoritarian leaders greet Trump as one of their own. Trump gives America's critics their dream opponent. Iran, puzzled by Trump, treads carefully for now. Trump pushes dark view of Islam to center of U.S. policy-making. China is eager to capitalize on Trump's early missteps. Donald Trump's closest advisor Steve Bannon thinks there will be war with China in the next few years. The future depends on the deal Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are about to make.
Meredith Terretta (Ottawa): Bursting at the Seams of a Common Humanity? Migration and Refuge in Historical Perspective. Linda S. Bosniak (Rutgers): Wrongs, Rights and Regularization. Jeremy Waldron (NYU): What Respect is Owed to Illusions About Immigration and Culture? Jaya Ramji-Nogales (Temple): Freedom of Movement and Undocumented Migrants. Lea Ypi (LSE): Real Realism about Migration. On the normative issues surrounding borders and migration: Shelley Wilcox reviews Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership, ed. Sarah Fine and Lea Ypi. Alex Sager reviews Strangers in Our Midst: The Political Philosophy of Immigration by David Miller (and more).
Fouad Bou Zeineddine (Kwa-Zulu Natal) and Felicia Pratto (UConn): The Need for Power and the Power of Need: An Ecological Approach for Political Psychology. Too many, too many: Zygmunt Bauman and the revolutionary act of leaving. Jacob Soll on how think tanks became engines of royal propaganda — and what their French origins, and their waning and rising relevance to the power structures over the centuries, say about the new Washington. Trump's immigration order means bureaucrats have to decide who's a "real" Christian. Don't worry about the companies Trump attacks on Twitter — they're doing just fine. The stock market is starting to ignore Trump's tweets. In Mexico, the crowd loves to hate pro wrestler who plays Trump supporter.
Act One, Scene One: At the start of February who will say that the alarm felt by so many on 8 November was exaggerated? Experts in authoritarianism see troubling patterns emerging under Trump administration. Trump's fictional crises and the real threats to American democracy: The president is using the institutional mechanisms designed to preserve democracy to undermine constitutional order. Trump is now attacking all the institutions that could limit his power later. Don't forget George W. Bush had authoritarian tendencies, too: With luck, there will not be an incident like 9/11 during the Trump presidency — that's the authoritarian emergency for which we must all prepare. Jack Balkin on how to tell if you are in a constitutional crisis.
From the Congressional Research Service, a report on constitutional authority statements and the powers of Congress: An overview. How to stop an autocracy: The danger isn't that Trump will build an autocracy — it's that congressional Republicans will let him. Never believe the Republicans' B.S. ever again: Their silence on Trump reveals that their Obama-era sanctimony was fake.
Donald Trump thinks he's a strong leader — but that's an illusion. In Trump's fascist aesthetic, dissenters are losers and the photograph rules. Jack Shafer: "Why I'm not afraid of Baby Donald: President Trump isn't a tyrant in the making. He's just a toddler throwing a tantrum". Our part in the darkness: Members of Donald Trump's Administration might be extremists, but, with a view to American history, they aren't an aberration.
Wilbur Ross and the era of billionaire rule: The Commerce pick is key to Trump's experiment in government by — and possibly for — the ultrawealthy. Trump labor nominee Andrew Puzder said 40% of his workers were once undocumented. Pentagon leader assumes new role: Turning down the temperature on Trump. Why Jeff Sessions is so uniquely dangerous — for millions of Americans, at least. Rule used to silence Warren was created to protect delicate feelings of Senate's foremost lynching advocate. The patriarchy strikes back: Effectively telling the progressive senator to sit down and shut up, the Senate majority leader played the card of an abuser. Shutting down speech by Elizabeth Warren, G.O.P. amplifies her message.
Ranking the Trump-administration appointees, from bad to monstrous.