Asia in the Age of Trump: Stability, China Victory, or Nuclear War?


In this episode of Pacific Pundit, we explore the possibilities for U.S. Asia policy under President-elect Trump, from continuity and stability to disaster and nuclear war. Our history segment recalls the campaign rhetoric and foreign policy promises of Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential run.  And in conversations with an eclectic group of experts — Hugh White (Australian National University), Michael Horowitz (University of Pennsylvania), and Ali Wyne (Atlantic Council) — we debate Donald Trump’s war propensity, the failure of #NeverTrump open letters, and how Asia will respond to a Trump presidency.

Van Jackson is a senior editor at War on the Rocks. He is an associate professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). The views expressed are his own. Please check out his podcast, Pacific Pundit.

Music by Carl Ranson Vorpahl.