President-elect Joe Biden intends to ditch Donald Trump’s “America First” doctrine the day he steps into office on January 20. But vows to embrace multilateralism, respect diplomatic channels and restore U.S. leadership on the world stage face a host of challenges. The new Biden Administration will square off with a familiar adversary in Moscow, a more assertive China, a nuclear-armed North Korea, and a multitude of hotspots around the globe. The alienation of long-time allies and the proliferation of power vacuums make it harder to tackle climate change, international trade, and the ongoing pandemic. All this while his new administration will have its domestic hands full amid historic polarization, discord over racial injustice, and skyrocketing COVID cases. Will Biden recapture the U.S.’ traditional seat at the head of the global table? Ed Luce joins Altamar to explain that it won’t be so easy for the next administration to step back into the western driver’s seat simply. Luce is an associate editor of the Financial Times, as well as its chief U.S. commentator and columnist based in Washington, D.C. Previously; he served as the outlet’s Washington bureau chief and as its South Asia bureau chief based in New Delhi.
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