On 20 January 2021, US President Joe Biden inherited the governance of a United States beset by record job losses and devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the coming weeks and months, the president’s priorities will be largely consumed with fighting fires at home. However, in marked contrast to Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ focus, the 46th president promises to re-engage with the rules-based international order.
Rebuilding alliances is a top priority for the Biden administration whether it be re-joining the World Health Organization, joining what remains of the Trans-Pacific Partnership or pursuing other agreements. One month in, how is our understanding of Joe Biden’s foreign policy priorities developing and to what extent is it shaped by his career and political evolution to date?
In this discussion, the panellists consider the ways in which Joe Biden’s career has shaped his thinking on foreign policy and how the next four years could shape out:
To what extent can Biden’s administration strengthen democracy and unity in the United States?
How will the United States approach relations with China and Russia?
And will Biden’s connection to Ireland influence his approach to post-Brexit Britain?
As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.