Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Biden’s return to America doesn’t hide transatlantic misunderstandings


President Joe Biden reserved his first foreign policy speech on the international stage at the Munich Virtual Security Conference on February 19. He had already outlined his tenure when speaking to State Department staff on February 4. He announced the return to diplomacy as the preferred method of settling the conflicts facing the United States, wants to review the deployment of armed forces around the world in the light of his administration’s diplomatic objectives and pursues a policy of peace.

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As an old regular at the Munich Conference, he made a transatlantic profession of faith, reversing the measures taken by his predecessor to reduce the presence of American troops in Germany and extolling the virtues of the Atlantic Alliance, including Article V ( mutual defense) which is at its heart. He referred to the normalization gestures he had already taken during the first month of his presidency: extension for five years of the New Start agreement on the reduction of nuclear weapons of strategic scope with Russia, maintenance of American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq at their current level, return to the Paris Climate Agreement, return to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, relaunch of discussions on Iranian nuclear power, return to the Minsk group on Ukraine , support for European construction and the EU’s autonomous defense effort. He was positive, determined and listened to his partners. Yet this is not a simple restoration, even if President Biden could not fail to exclaim “America is back” to stress to his allies that the page of the Trump era was definitely turned. .



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