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Trump’s foreign policy is unlikely to benefit from a “Madman” advantage

Roseanne, McManus, Gerard, Eileen, Ranaweera, Vinuri and Sztanga, Olivia (2017) Trump’s foreign policy is unlikely to benefit from a “Madman” advantage. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (26 Jan 2017). Website.

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Nearly 50 years ago, Richard Nixon subscribed to the “Madman Theory” of international strategy; that if foreign leaders were convinced that his extreme threats were credible, then he would have greater leverage. Many commentators are now concerned that President Trump subscribes to a similar theory of international relations. But, according to new research from Roseanne McManus, Eileen Gerard, Vinuri Ranaweera, and Olivia Sztanga, the perception of “madness” may be counterproductive towards leaders achieving their desired outcome.

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Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science © CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 13:00
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 08:56

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