America’s ‘Return’ Might Not Be Enough to Revive the West

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and then-Vice President Joe Biden at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Feb. 1, 2013 (AP photo by Markus Schreiber).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and then-Vice President Joe Biden at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Feb. 1, 2013 (AP photo by Markus Schreiber).
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The United States is “back,” proclaims U.S. President Joe Biden, seemingly as often as he can. The coming week will show if the same is true of the West. At successive summits of the G-7, NATO and the European Union, Biden and fellow leaders will confront a dual task: reviving the community of advanced market democracies and showing that the West is capable of resolving today’s complex transnational challenges. Biden’s election in November heartened the U.S. foreign policy establishment, and understandably so. The new president promised to pick up the mantle of global leadership that Trump had cast aside and […]

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