Making America Decent Again: Biden and the Future of U.S. Human Rights Policy

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018 (AP photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko).
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a press conference in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018 (AP photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko).

It’s no coincidence that while congratulations for Joe Biden’s victory in the U.S. presidential race came quickly from Western democracies, many thuggish regimes remained conspicuously silent. The many despots who welcomed Donald Trump’s crass indifference to the fortunes of freedom are right to be wary of Biden. The president-elect intends to make America decent again, not only at home but abroad, by restoring the promotion of liberty and defense of democracy as pillars of U.S. foreign policy. Rebuilding U.S. credibility on human rights will take time, however. Trump’s affinity for autocrats is well documented. “It’s funny,” he mused to Bob […]

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