UMN Expert: President’s National Security Strategy Report

December 18, 2017
Ron Krebs

On Monday, December 18, 2017, President Trump will release his first National Security Strategy Report. Under Public Law 99-433, the President is required to submit to Congress a comprehensive report on the national security strategy of the United States (National Security Strategy Report). Among the areas the National Security Strategy Report must address are: (1) “The worldwide interests, goals, and objectives of the United States that are vital to the national security of the United States; and (2) “The foreign policy, worldwide commitments, and national defense capabilities of the United States necessary to deter aggression and to implement the national security strategy of the United States.”

Ronald Krebs, Ph.D.
Ronald Krebs—Beverly and Richard Fink Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota and expert on international security and U.S. foreign policy—is available to comment on President Trump’s first National Security Strategy Report.

"On Monday, the Trump administration will release its National Security Strategy. This regular ritual, mandated by Congress, is often met with fanfare, with vigorous press coverage and political posturing and point-scoring, and with a careful parsing of its finely negotiated words. But don’t expect to learn very much. The chief threats it will identify—revisionist great powers, rogue regimes, non-state terrorism, cyber attacks—largely overlap with the strategic visions of past administrations. While the Trump administration's National Security Strategy may differ from its predecessors in its more aggressive tone and in its stance on such issues as climate change and trade, much of it will look like a fairly traditional, if very hawkish, U.S. foreign policy, despite its ‘America First’ rhetorical clothing. And, if the past is any guide, don't expect this National Security Strategy to do what any strategy worth the name should: identify what global goals and interests the United States will not pursue."

Professor Krebs holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and a B.A. from Princeton University.

Ron Krebs
Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota

Contact information:
rkrebs@umn.edu
612-624-4356

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