The 2020 American Election: Foreign Policy Between Joe Biden and Donald
This Policy Outlook addresses a selective range of foreign policy issues of interest to both US and international stakeholders and seeks to contextualise them in relation to America’s strategic outlook and what they might mean to those on their receiving end.
While foreign policy may not be a primary concern for US voters, it is a realm over which the US President is granted near-exclusive authority. Joe Biden and Donald Trump offer American voters highly-divergent world views, but can rhetoric overcome deep-rooted issues and would Biden be fundamentally different than Trump on the foreign policy front? Moreover, while relative US power is arguably not what it has been in decades past, it remains the case that foreign policy decisions taken in Washington often have tremendous consequences for the rest of the world. For better or worse, most countries do not have the luxury of ignoring US foreign policy.