Book review: Sreeram Chaulia, Trumped: Emerging Powers in a Post-American World

Published date01 April 2021
Date01 April 2021
Subject MatterBook Reviews
136 Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs 8(1)
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Kumar Ramakrishna
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Sreeram Chaulia, Trumped: Emerging Powers in a Post-American World.
New Delhi: Bloomsbury India, 2019, 237 pp. ISBN: 978-9-3891-6594-4.
DOI: 10.1177/2347797021992169
As I write this review, the era of President Donald Trump is coming to a close after
four tumultuous years following his loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential
election. Regardless of whether you considered Trump’s stewardship of the
USA to have been a net positive or negative, it is undeniable that his Presidency
has been one of the most impactful in decades. In his crusade to put ‘America
First’ and challenge the influence of the globalist ‘Washington elite’ on behalf
of ‘ordinary Americans’, Trump upended several longstanding US foreign policy
norms and tore up several key international treaties. In doing so, he seriously
undermined the liberal-international world order that has been so painstakingly
built by successive US administrations since the Second World War. Most of
the analysis of the geopolitical fallout from this seismic policy shift focuses on
the extent to which the USA’s status has been damaged, the reaction of its NATO
allies or how America’s potential great power rivals in China and Russia have
managed to capitalise on the situation. However, Sreeram Chaulia takes a unique

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