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Biden transform US foreign policy? Don’t count on it

The new President does not have the power nor the inclination to deliver a fundamental reset

By Anatol Lieven  

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Joe Biden’s greatest contribution to US foreign policy may well be simply to restore some dignity to the tarnished image of the US presidency. We must hope that this will not be his only contribution. But fewer concrete measures may follow than one might think—or hope.

The most important step that his administration will take is rejoining the Paris Agreement on climate change, from which Donald Trump withdrew. Quite apart from the threat of global catastrophe, the future damage to the US itself from…

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