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Who's behind the Trump administration's foreign policy, and where will it lead?

Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Melania Trump, and Donald Trump, May 2017


On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about US foreign policy under the Trump administration.

The administration has been escalating tensions with Iran, the European Union, and China. Who is really making US foreign policy decisions, and what will the fallout of the United States' aggressive rhetoric be?


Mansour Farhang, former professor of international relations and Middle Eastern Politics at Bennington College, advisory board member of Human Rights Watch Middle East, and author of US Imperialism: From the Spanish-American War to the Iranian Revolution

Stephen Walt, professor of international affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, member of the editorial boards of Foreign Policy, Security Studies, International Relations, and the Journal of Cold War Studies, and co-author of The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy

Web Resources:

Foreign Policy: Be Afraid of the World, Be Very Afraid

The Washington Post: She defended Iranian women who removed their hijabs. Now she’s been given 38 years in prison.

Foreign Policy: If Nobody Knows Your Iran Policy, Does It Even Exist?

The New York Times: Iran Stiffens Its Resolve as the Trump Administration’s Pressure Mounts


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.