The Significance of the Trump Presidency

Those that did not foresee the likelihood or even the possibility of Donald Trump’s victory are going to find it hard to discipline themselves to a balanced projection of his forthcoming first term. To ardent liberals in the United States – not least most of those at the leading American universities – at worst it represents a conspiracy hatched by Russian President Vladimir Putin and at best a ‘Black Swan’ event that could not have been foreseen.

In which case the critics will not accept that it will have anything much to sustain it other than all the executive power the White House can muster. Need one look any deeper?

But what if the victory represents something much more significant?

Read more as Jonathan Haslam, George F. Kennan Professor in the School of Historical Studies, explores the international significance of Donald Trump's presidential victory.