Vincent Boland: Contrary to Biden’s belief, we don’t need another hero

The US president-elect needs to be thinking more of cooperation and solidarity than of ‘leading’ the world

6th December, 2020
Vincent Boland: Contrary to Biden’s belief, we don’t need another hero
Joe Biden will learn that the world changed in the past four years, and so did its notion of American ‘leadership’. Picture: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty

Donald Trump promised to Make America Great Again. Joe Biden is promising to Make America Lead Again. If there is a unifying theme in the president-elect’s concept of foreign policy, it is that the US should lead the world.

As he unveiled his foreign policy team two weeks ago, Biden made that concept plain. The US, he declared, “is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it”. “Once again [to] sit...

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