The Resurgence of the Bush Doctrine?

Nikhil Sachdev

In his first 100 days, newly inaugurated U.S. President Donald Trump seems to be emulating the foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration. With unprecedented unilateral strikes in Yemen, Syria and Afghanistan, it seems that Trump’s foreign policy finds its foundations in the ‘Bush Doctrine’. Donald Trump’s moral basis for the missiles sent in response to Bashar al Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Khan-Sheikhun can be seen in a similar light to Bush’s ideological shift away from ‘Cold War’ era foreign policy and towards direct intervention in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.

The diminished tolerance of the US towards anti-democratic actors such as the Taliban, which it had previously assisted in the achievement