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Expertise: Geopolitical Risk, US Foreign Policy, Trump’s Worldview, Brexit, Europe, International Order
“Thomas Wright is one of the brightest young scholars of US foreign policy in Washington. He has led the debate on Donald Trump’s worldview, based on deep research into Mr Trump’s statements over three decades.
Anyone coming to terms with what Donald Trump means for the world should start with Dr Wright’s work”.
The Lowry Institute
Thomas Wright is a fellow and director of the Project on International Order and Strategy and a fellow with the Center for the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. Tom works on US foreign policy, U.S. alliances, emerging powers, and the future of Europe.
Previously, he was executive director of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and senior researcher for the Princeton Project on National Security.
He has written and commented on world affairs for The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, NBC, CBS, BBC, NPR, and Bloomberg.
All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the Twenty-First Century and the Future of American Power
Donald Trump’s “America First” philosophy marks a profound break with the liberal and internationalist ideas that have shaped US foreign policy since the second world war. Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution was one of the first scholars to attempt a serious analysis of Trump’s views on foreign policy. In his new book, Wright makes a convincing case that an “America First” strategy, as advocated by President Trump, will harm both the world and the US itself. Gideon Rachman – Financial Times – June 9th 2017
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A groundbreaking look at the future of great power competition in an age of globalization and what the United States can do in response
The two decades after the Cold War saw unprecedented cooperation between the major powers as the world converged on a model of liberal international order. Now, great power competition is back and the liberal order is in jeopardy. Russia and China are increasingly revisionist in their regions. The Middle East appears to be unravelling. And many Americans question why the United States ought to lead. What will great power competition look like in the decades ahead? Will the liberal world order survive? What impact will geopolitics have on globalization? And, what strategy should the United States pursue to succeed in an increasingly competitive world? In this book Thomas Wright explains how major powers will compete fiercely even as they try to avoid war with each other. Wright outlines a new American strategy—Responsible Competition—to navigate these challenges and strengthen the liberal order.
Current projects include the future of U.S. alliances and strategic partnerships, the geopolitical consequences of the euro crisis, U.S. relations with rising powers, and multilateral diplomacy.
Fulbright Commission, Ireland, vice chair and board member
International Politics Reviews, Palgrave Macmillan, editorial board
- Nikki Asian Review: March 20, 2017: Trump takes allies back to 19th century global order
- Brookings Institute: Friday, June 24, 2016: Brexit: Advice for the day after
- Brookings Institute: Wednesday, April 27, 2016: Five things we “learned” from Trump’s foreign policy speechPolitico Magazine: January 20, 2016: Trump’s 19th Century Foreign Policy