While the Trump administration adopted an indifferent and transactional approach to American foreign policy, Biden is more interested in resurrecting the internationalist approach to re-induct America in the world’s most important institutions and relationships and signal that America is ready to take the helm of world leadership.
The US is an old vote-based system; it is a rich, popular government. This should make it stable. Furthermore, the way we see the disintegration of the majority rules system in the US ought to be a notice sign to different nations. Western nations and the US can survive this breach of democracy, but the third world countries are not strong enough to survive this type of violation. The US survived the civil war breach of the Oval Office and will survive this as well. Hungary survived and German as well. But is the western model of democracy strong enough to survive in developing countries? The answer to this question is negative.
People are starting to realize that liberal democracy is no longer delivering on its core promises. It is just filled with hollow promises; many Americans feel as if the government has become unresponsive to their needs. The privileged access of the rich allows them to get richer; using their connections to promote their own interests while the poor keep getting poorer because of political and selfish interests being put above their needs.
More peace treaties may be on their way unless Biden returns to former President Barack Obama’s path of lecturing the House of Saud, which is not very Biden. KSA can be pushed to share the Middle East on the other side of the Persian Gulf and don’t act like a spoiled brat. Once Palestinians have been restituted of the support of Arab shared aims, the Palestinians might be forced to return to the negotiating table like a sophisticated child. This was the very plan of Trump.
Trump had made four promises in the election campaigns regarding the Middle East in 2016. These promises were to shift the Israel embassy to Jerusalem, scrap the deal with Iran, dismantle ISIS, and to make peace in the Middle East. He has a lot of successes and some unsuccessful efforts in the Middle East.
With this vast planning of reversing, reforming, and bringing new policies Joe Biden could face opposition and resistance from those whose interests are connected with these industries and resources. Joe Biden either with his team has to convince republicans where he might succeed, or he has to pass an executive order for which he might face resistance from the judiciary where again there are conservatives. In both cases, Joe Biden has to prepare a plan to counter their arguments because there is no time to waste and policies have to be taken. It is not only about the United States. It’s about the world.
The election of President-elect Joe Biden and his Vice-President Kamala Harris is most likely to end this vacuum of American policy for the region and engage with the region with strategic insight and assertiveness. Joe Biden was awarded Hilal-e-Pakistan, the second-highest civil-award of the country, and Kamal Harris has ancestral roots in India. The personalized nature of their relationships to both of these countries will indeed influence the interaction once the Biden administration leads the White House. However, in the spirit of previous American interactions with the region, the Biden administration’s interaction with South Asia will be clouded by two mega strategic matters: The rise of China and the Conflict in Afghanistan.
The election of President-elect Biden came at the heels of the global unrest and questions abound on the ability of the United States to lead the world as it had once. These questions of credibility of US commitment, resolve and political will not only come from the rivals of America (such as China, Iran, North Korea or Russia) but also from the allies whose trust in the American leadership was shattered and deeply broken by the cauldron-fraught presidency of Donald J. Trump.
Former vice president Joe Biden has been victorious in his election as the 46th US president, defeating his opponent, the former US President Donald Trump, in a heated electoral race. While the president-elect is yet to be officially sworn to office, a difficult presidency awaits him. Joe Biden’s precedent has left the country in an arduous corner in terms of both internal as well as foreign affairs.
As the United States electoral race comes to an end, the world holds its breath and focuses its attention on the 46th American president. The new Joe Biden administration not only inherits a pandemic ridden battered economy but also a repugnant foreign policy with the world’s second-largest economy. The multi-year assault that was launched under the Trump administration on Beijing completely changed the dynamics of bilateral relations between the United States and China. Now all eyes are on Biden contemplating the nature of the foreign policy that will take shape during his tenure.