THE and even being subjected to genocide. Notably,

THE MIDDLE EAST

Citing the Jerusalem assembly act passed
in 1995 Trump made a bold move of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of
Israel and the commencement of moving the US
embassy there. His action has led to considerable worldwide condemnation
and suffered a resounding defeat at a vote taken during a UN emergency session.
Only nine countries stuck and voted with the US on this decision. This is not
good for America’s foreign policy as adduced by (Hudson 18) that there ought to
be motivated to maintain group census and
should strive to gain personal acceptance from the group. In the build-up to this Trump has severally referred
to Israel as the only real democracy in the Middle East and has lamented at
Christians being persecuted and even being subjected to genocide. Notably, in his maiden foreign trip, he visited
the Tel Aviv, Bethlehem and of course, Jerusalem signaling the importance he
attaches to Israel. While giving a speech in a museum in Israel he pledged that
he will always stand with Israel.

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He has accused his predecessors of
ignoring Israel at the expense of Iran. To reverse this, he has been loud on
rescinding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action deal with Iran, which he claims
to have been a disaster to Israel (Aronson 9).Despite Prime Minister
Netanyahu’s hope that Trump would abrogate the nuclear deal, he has left it intact, as it is the only tool at his
disposal. He is however angling towards ensuring stricter implementation of the
policy in addition to renegotiating some key aspects. Pundits have pointed out
that by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; the US has lost the
moral authority to mediate between Palestine and Israel (Koyama 1). The Muslim
countries including Egypt have rallied to condemn the act and not even the
threat to cut US funding has deterred them.

By working closely with allies in the
Muslim world like Saudi Arabia Trump is hoping to come down hard on radical Islam
(Cordesman 1). Iran again features prominently in his infamous list of
countries facing travel ban, an immigration policy that many see as
unconstitutional and an affront to people’s rights. He opines that the policy is
to counter the importation of extremism and to lock out scores of migrants.
Iran is a target due to its destabilizing policies employed in the Middle East
region. Iran is accused of supporting terrorist groups and militia who are
accountable for the death and destruction going on in the Middle East (Byman 1).

The bare-knuckled rhetoric against Iran
hit a chord with the many Gulf States whom he is pursuing military
cooperation (Katulis et al. 2). Upon carrying out a missile test in January
this year, the US government introduced more sanctions on Iran with some
targeting specific individuals (Smith 1). On his engagement with the Middle East,
he listed stability and safety, through striving to achieve security. That explains
his two-pronged approach to counter IS and to put nuclear capabilities beyond
Iran’s reach (Meijer 7).

 

SOUTH ASIA

 America
has blacklisted ninety-eight terrorist organizations yet twenty percent of
these groups are found in the region
around Afghanistan and Pakistan (Tankel 6). The Islamic State has been on the
US presidents lists, with him promising to wipe them off the face of the earth. Why it is difficult to deal with Islamic State
(ISIS)? While targeting Islamic State fighters, the US military deployed a
GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Burst (MOAB) popularly known as the ‘mother of
all bombs.’ A surprise visit to Afghanistan by General HR McMaster, Trump’s security advisor, was in the offing
after the attack, coupled with bolstering the Afghan army by the American
marines. In addition, lifting of
restrictions imposed on the operations carried out by the troops on the ground
signifies an amplification of the military activity. It is contrary to President
Trumps earlier repeated calls for military withdrawal from as early as 2011
(Das 3). Seem that he has learned the art
of employing continuity in some foreign policies (Neack
277).

As recently as August 2017, Secretary
Mattis was on record saying that the withdrawal of troops was still on the
cards. It is important to note that the military intervention in Afghanistan
remains America’s longest occupation (Das 1) yet terrorist networks continue
thriving there. To prevent the collapse
of the Afghan Unity Government, the current US administration has adopted
Obama’s legacy of maintaining amilitary presence(Rubin
and Gagnon 4). As suggested by (Stephen 14) this dispels the notion of sovereignty and envisages
the interdependence that is in play at times in foreign policy. Trump argues
that the US withdrawal from Iraq was wrong as it allowed terrorist groups such
as ISIS to flourish. The change of tune is due to advice emanating from senior
military personnel. Pakistan’s role of harboring terrorist organization has led to pressure mounting on its government
there to cease the occupation by the terror cells (Narang and Srivastava 5).
Interestingly India features in the picture with a call to them to help
Afghanistan in development projects and economic recovery since they are neighbors and are interdependent (Caporaso 2). For
India has made efforts in the reconstruction of its war-ravaged neighbor (Chopra
and Rasgotra 23). Withdrawal of the US forces will depend on conditions
prevailing on the ground and not time. Generally, the strategy involves
diplomacy, military, and economic
intervention.

  

CONCLUSION       

 

While on the campaign trail, Trump made some
populist remarks to stir up his block of voters. A tactic widely used to create
imperatives that would later help in the
formulation of policies (Achen, 1221). That he was not adept at foreign policy was clear for all to see
during the presidential debates and on the campaign
trail. Following his shock election, it dawned on him that it is not
wise or easy to draw back some policies that have been in place for decades.
Some of the issues he fashioned like tearing up the Iranian nuclear deal were impractical.
Steps like imposing sanctions on Iran and North Korea are laudable and rational,
but all this is lost when he ignores signing pending sanctions on Russia. He
keeps mum on Russia’s devastating intervention in Syria and is on record as
terming the Russia dossier as a pile of garbage. Does this not reek of double
standards?

Blanket condemnation of a section of
Muslim nations through his travel ban does not augur well for the global
village. The rest of the world can only cross its fingers and hope that the
outbursts between him and Kim Jong Un do not end in an all-out war. Through his
‘America First’ approach, he has singled out China as an economic threat yet he
needs their support in taming North Korea. Trump has given mixed signals on his
policy for example he is trying to tame North Korea through the UN security
council at the same time he is antagonizing the UN through his stand on
Jerusalem. His bureaucratic process and dealing with the organization seems to
be mixed. When he reaches out to Saudi Arabia to help in fighting terrorism he
comes out as rational since the world now is interdependent. The psychology of
the president shows that he gets irritated quickly as shown by his tweets and
this could be influencing some of his policies. He choosing to maintain a military presenceon the other hand is quite a
rational approach.