The United States’ Policy towards the World Trade Organization during the Presidency of Donald Trump

Authors

  • Iga Kleszczyńska Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.12797/AdAmericam.22.2021.22.02

Keywords:

World Trade Organization, Donald Trump, trade, tariffs, United States, USTR, liberalization, protectionism

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to analyze the United States’ policy towards the World Trade Organization (WTO) during the presidency of Donald Trump. Given the stated aim, research questions allow to identify the significant priorities of American foreign policy within the Organization, trade policy challenges, and the current and future survival ofthe global exchange system. Hence, the article is focused on: the importance of the WTO for the global exchange system; the role and capabilities of the United States (US) in the Organization’s analysis; and identification of main priorities and challenges of the US foreign policy towards the WTO in the context of the current trade rivalry with China and itsimpact on the WTO’s future. The main hypothesis of the article indicates that the current US trade policy weakens the possibilities and further functioning of the WTO. The main theoretical perspective of the article is based on institutional liberalism and the theory of comparative advantage. The article has been developed by applying historical, institutional, and legal systemic and content analysis methods (in particular, government, WTO, and think tank reports and analyses).

Author Biography

Iga Kleszczyńska, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Holds a MA degree in International Relations. She defended her thesis titled Geoeconomic paradigm in Barack Obama’s economic policy in 2018. In the 2019-2020 academic year, she carried out visiting research at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C. Currently, she is developing her doctoral dissertation in the discipline of political science at the Institute of Political Sciences and International Relations devoted to the economic determinants of US foreign policy in the 21st century. Her main research interests include: US foreign and economic policy, geoeconomics and geopolitics, international economics, theories of international relations.

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2021-03-28

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Kleszczyńska, I. . “The United States’ Policy towards the World Trade Organization During the Presidency of Donald Trump”. Ad Americam, vol. 22, Mar. 2021, pp. 15-31, doi:10.12797/AdAmericam.22.2021.22.02.

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