Redefining America

Redefining America
After a 20-year run as the world’s hegemonic power, the United States is retrenching. The Trump administration accelerated this process, answering China’s disruptive rise with an economic and military challenge, and using similar confrontational tactics with Iran. Domestically, the U.S. is doubling down on its faith in small government. American bilateralism’s key risk is estranging long-time partners needed to sustain its preeminence.

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Continuity and change in post-Trump America

Those who expect a dramatic change in U.S. policy now that President Biden has taken office may be in for a surprise. While the tone may be milder than under President Trump, the new administration has not taken radically different positions than its predecessor on most foreign policy matters. Its thin margin in Congress means passing major legislative overhauls will be a tall order.

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