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Trump creating conditions for America’s waning influence

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Junaid Ali Malik |

There is a national debate going on in America over the Trump Administration’s foreign policy. The scholars and analysts are seriously considering the grave situation the country is facing at the international level, which is: American retreat.  Donald Trump became president of the world’s strongest country with the slogan, “America First”.

His intentions were already unambiguous with regard to the certain decisions that he would make at the international level and would cause damage to America. The construction of wall alongside the border of Mexico and getting rid of illegal foreigners were his top priority.

At this point in time, stable and sympathetic America is meant to be a secure world; however baffled and assertive America will cause more damage to the whole world and to Americans themselves.

In modern history, America had to face retreat when Russia brusquely took part in the Syrian crisis and challenged the American dominance in the Middle East. China also joined in and both of them vetoed the American-backed resolution to attack Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria many times. This in actuality challenged the American authority in the region and it could not do anything than to retreat.

More recently, other nations’ rejection of the US’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel without a doubt indicates that its influence is curtailing even on the countries that are the major recipient of its economic aid. 35 abstentions were observed in the General Assembly while 128 voted in the favor of the resolution rescinding to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. 9 member states voted against it and 21 did not participate. UN envoy of Palestine declared it a “massive setback” for America.

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It is evident that American sway at the international arena is dropping with a rapid pace. The world is turning into a multi-polar one especially with the rise of China and Russia. The part that they are playing in the war in Syria and then in not accepting Trump’s decision to shift the capital of Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem are clear indication that American authority is being challenged.

Doing this is only possible when there will be accurate decisions made after taking into account the aspirations of the people rather than the personal egos and favors towards any specific group.

The developing countries that have remained under American influence especially after the Second World War have now more options, than only the US, to thrive economically. From the second half of the twentieth century till the selection of Trump, things principally remained in favor of America – its role in various events can be disputed but the reality is there was no one that could face up to it.

Factually speaking, lots of Americans at home are not content with the policies of Trump. After his incumbency in the presidency, streets were flooded with protestors. His jingoistic designs were believed to be the grounds of in-house harms.

Moreover, Europeans, who remained close to America whenever it was about supporting its policies around the world, are also showing their contempt towards the new government in Washington. The EU immediately after Trump’s announcement of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel showed angst and believed it would shatter the peace in the region.

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The part that they are playing in the war in Syria and then in not accepting Trump’s decision to shift the capital of Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem are clear indication that American authority is being challenged.

Modifications in American Foreign Policy affect the entire world. It is better to form strategies that are productive for the world at large. Opting for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was disliked by the majority, and they showed their reaction during the voting that was held on 22nd December, 2017.

The US should play its constructive role in bringing peace and cohesion among the states rather dividing them and testing their loyalty in consideration of financial aid. Doing this is only possible when there will be accurate decisions made after taking into account the aspirations of the people rather than the personal egos and favors towards any specific group.

At this point in time, stable and sympathetic America is meant to be a secure world; however baffled and assertive America will cause more damage to the whole world and to Americans themselves. It is now over to the Trump Administration to fix the future course of action that is productive and lucrative for all.

Junaid Ali Malik is a professional writer. He considers writing is the sole purpose of his life. He has done masters in Commerce and History and holds PG Diploma in International Affairs. He is an entrepreneur by profession. He can be contacted at  alimalikmalik627@gmail.com or @junaidalimalik1. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Global Village Space’s editorial policy.

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