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Weekend Reads World map: is Trump's United States still the world's policeman?

17:25  18 october  2020
17:25  18 october  2020 Source:   lemonde.fr

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US President Donald Trump repeatedly said the US should stop being the world policeman during his election campaign and reiterated it afterwards. In April, he repeated that during the visit of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to the White house. US soldiers are currently deployed training their

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From the first settlers to Donald Trump's "America First", "Le Monde" retraces, in video, the eventful history of American interventionism.

"America First". For Donald Trump, worrying about world affairs is no longer in the best interests of the United States. Once elected to the White House, he severed relations with several international institutions, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), and withdrew his country from international agreements, such as Paris on the climate. Like his predecessor, Barack Obama, he also castigates the “endless war” and plans the return of American troops scattered around the globe. Little by little, the "policeman of the world", who had intervened in twenty-nine countries during the Cold War, seems to be fading ... Is this really the case?

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Global policeman is an informal term for a state which seeks or claims global hegemony. It has been used, firstly for the United Kingdom and, since 1945, of the United States . Nevertheless, the two terms hegemon and global policeman are not identical in meaning.

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In this fifth episode of the Mappemonde series, the World video team goes back to the sources of American foreign policy and questions its place as a world power in the 21st century.

Sources:

- Full text of the “Farewell Address”

- Table on the shares of world industrial production (page 3)

- Full text of the Roosevelt corollary

- Andrew Carnegie's article on US imperialism

- Speech pronounced by Charles Lindbergh in Des Moines, in 1941

- GDP per capita in various countries between 1900 and 1960

- American interventions abroad

- American interventions abroad unofficial but subsequently recognized by the CIA

- Surveys American opinion on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

- Evolution of the American military commitment in Iraq and Afghanistan

- Military budgets in the world

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