Can Biden Get Tough With America’s Friends?

CIC senior fellow James Traub wrote about the difficulties that the Biden administration will face in dealing with India, which he calls "a democracy in decline."

"Biden has, if anything, a more heightened reality principle than any of those predecessors," Traub writes. "But his commitment to democracy as a foreign-policy principle is of a different nature than theirs, and arguably more urgent. As I wrote in an earlier column, Biden and his team are committed not to promoting democracy in countries where it is absent, which may be regarded as a luxury affordable to a super-power, but to preserving it where it is under attack, including at home. The problem he faces is one that none of his predecessors could even have imagined."

Read the full column at Foreign Policy here.

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Feb 05, 2021
James Traub