BY John glaser, Chris Preble, and A. Trevor Thrall


How Trump Made America’s Broken Foreign Policy Even Worse (And How We Can Recover)

Since Trump took office, it has become clear that “America First” was more campaign slogan than coherent vision of American grand strategy and foreign policy. As president Trump has steered a course that has maintained some of the worst aspects of previous foreign policy – namely the pursuit of primacy and frequent military intervention – while managing to make a new set of mistakes all his own.

This book provides an assessment of Trump’s America First doctrine, its performance to date, and its implications for the future.

“At a time when American foreign policy is badly in need of a reboot, this provocative, powerfully argued call to move past a failing insistence on militarized primacy is a welcome addition to the debate.”

Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama

“Reading this book won’t cheer you up, but it will make you smarter. Fuel to the Fire is a comprehensive and dispassionate account of Donald Trump’s failing foreign policy, and it points the way toward a more effective grand strategy.”

Stephen Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government

“Toward a More Prudent American Grand Strategy,”

By John Glaser, Christopher A. Preble, and A. Trevor Thrall

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George Mason University
Cato Institute
E38 Academy

A. trevor thrall

I teach and write about the intersection of politics and security, with a special interest in how people form opinions about war and foreign policy. My day job is at George Mason University, where I am an associate professor of political science in the Schar School of Policy and Government. I am also a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, writing commentary and analysis on foreign policy. Most recently I co-founded the E38 Academy, which provides online professional development to the national security and risk intelligence communities.

Other Books

U.S. Grand Strategy in the 21st Century: The Case for Restraint

This volume collects the latest thinking about the limits of primacy and the benefits of a more restrained foreign policy for America.

Why Did the United States Invade Iraq?

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American Foreign Policy and the Politics of Fear

This volume explores the mechanisms political leaders use to shape public perceptions of foreign threats. 

War in the Media Age

This book traces and explains the evolution of U.S. government strategy for dealing with the press during war from Vietnam to the Gulf.