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Flags fly in Black Lives Matter Plaza as President Joe Biden is sworn in Flags fly in Black Lives Matter Plaza as President Joe Biden is sworn in during the 59th Presidential Inauguration, in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021 (AP photo by Gerald Herbert).

American Renewal for a Post-COVID World

Friday, Jan. 29, 2021

Americans don’t agree on much these days. But polls reveal that a majority of them agree on one thing: There are lessons for humanity to be drawn from the COVID-19 pandemic. For the United States, the biggest lesson may not be a spiritual or religious one, but rather that it urgently needs to rethink its approach to foreign policy and reinvent national security for the next generation.

By the time many American children born in 2020 are old enough to run for Congress, the world will be marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War II. But it is highly unlikely that, come 2045, there will be simultaneous celebrations of a U.S.-led international liberal order. Instead, the America that established the United Nations, the World Bank and the World Health Organization will be long gone, and so, too, will today’s assumptions about what constitutes America’s vital national interests. ...

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