This book offers an extensive account of Donald Trump’s foreign policy record in the Indo-Pacific region. Set against the backdrop of Trump’s policy of sustained US confrontation with China, it recounts his administration’s efforts to shore up America’s position with the Indo-Pacific strategy. It also reviews Trump’s record with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific and the South Asian subregion in context of the ‘great power competition’ between China and the United States. Amidst the ongoing conversations on the declining currency of American internationalism, the volume showcases the seeming insularity of the Indo-Pacific region from forces that are informing an America in retreat. In noting Trump’s record to have been a consequential one, the authors also offer insights into the prospects for US policy continuity under Joe Biden.

This timely book will be of great interest to scholars, teachers, and students of politics and international relations, Asia studies, US-China studies, area studies, foreign policy, maritime studies, and world politics. It is a recommended read for all watchers of US foreign policy and the evolving US-China rivalry.


Harsh V Pant is Professor of International Relations at King’s College London. He is Director, Studies and Head of the Strategic Studies Programme at Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India. He is also Director (Honorary) of Delhi School of Transnational Affairs at Delhi University. His current research is focused on Asian security issues. His most recent books include New Directions in India’s Foreign Policy: Theory and Praxis (2018), Indian Nuclear Policy(2018), The US Pivot and Indian Foreign Policy : Asia's Evolving Balance of Power (2015), Handbook of Indian Defence Policy (2015), and India’s Afghan Muddle (2013).

Kashish Parpiani is Fellow at Observer Research Foundation, Mumbai, India. His research interests include US-India bilateral ties, US grand strategy, and US foreign policy in the Indo-Pacific. He has published with the Institute for National Security Studies (Israel), the Centre for Asia and Globalization (Singapore), Deccan Herald (India), the Marine Corps University Press (US), The Hindu (India), and the Rising Powers in Global Governance Project (Turkey). He has presented papers at conferences organised by the Shanghai University, the International Studies Association (ISA), and London School of Economics-IDEAS. On varied matters pertaining to US-India ties and US foreign policy, he has been quoted on media platforms such as The Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, Foreign Policy, Bloomberg, TIME magazine, and Al Jazeera.

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