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Jakarta Post

Toward a post-Trump America and world order: Part 2

  • Dino Patti-Djalal


Jakarta   /   Tue, July 14 2020   /  01:00 am
US President Donald Trump (left)and former US vice president Joe Biden.(AFP/Jim Watson/ Dominick Reuter )

If anything, a Biden presidency will signal the return of America as a “normal country”. It will mark the return of a traditional foreign policy. This means that one of the first foreign policy moves President Biden will make is to reassure US allies, particularly in Europe, that he is no Trump, and will exercise a leadership role in America’s many alliances. In contrast with the disruptive instinct of President Trump, Biden will attempt to regain the comfort level and strategic trust of allies. The upshot is that, in contrast with the past four years, we will see a more strategically coherent western world with the US back at the core of it. A Biden administration will be more committed to a rules-based international order (though policy contradictions will persist), and will reposition the US into its traditional role as a “champion” of democracy, hu...