- - Monday, January 3, 2022


President Biden is beginning his second year in office facing many of the same foreign policy problems that awaited his arrival in the White House, some with the potential to explode into full-blown conflict despite his efforts to restore calm and confidence among U.S. allies and partners in Europe and the Indo-Pacific.

From China’s apparent preparations to attack Taiwan, to Russia’s troop buildup on the Ukrainian border, a number of simmering conflicts are testing the strength of the United States’ extensive overseas commitments after 20 years of fighting a global war on terrorism to little positive effect.

In this episode of History As It Happens, The Washington Times national security correspondent Ben Wolfgang discusses the president’s approach to these foreign policy dilemmas as his second year unfolds.

The president’s foreign policy agenda is “often cast as unimaginative” by his critics, said Mr. Wolfgang, who argues that Mr. Biden’s worldview is moored in a bygone era, when NATO’s raison d’être – the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc – existed, before the rise of China, and most importantly, before the U.S. squandered its global standing in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In other words, the U.S., regardless who sits in the White House, is no longer the hegemonic power it was 30 years ago. “Some of these policies and approaches were feeling stale a decade ago, during the Obama administration,” Mr. Wolfgang said.

To listen to the full interview with The Washington Times’ Ben Wolfgang, download this episode of History As It Happens.

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