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Jakarta Post

[INSIGHT] Regional strategic outlook after Biden’s victory

  • Jusuf Wanandi


Jakarta   /   Fri, January 22 2021   /  01:00 am
Joe Biden (left), flanked by incoming US First Lady Jill Biden, is sworn in as the 46th US President by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, on Wednesday at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.(AFP/Saul Loeb)

Let us congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their inauguration as the United States president and vice president, respectively, on Wednesday – despite Donald Trump’s various efforts to sabotage the election results. Nonetheless, I do not think this will be the end of the story for Trump, as he is very likely to continue his attempt to derail Biden’s presidency, although how intensely and deeply he will do so depends on how Biden and the Democratic Party leadership follow up on the aftermath of the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol by Trump supporters and on how much support they get from the leadership of the Republican Party. The House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump for the second time on Jan. 13, but the Senate’s decision remains to be seen. In terms of foreign policy, Biden’s efforts to overturn many of Trump’s damaging leg...