In his first foreign policy speech as president, Joe Biden couldn’t have been clearer: “America is back,” he assured the world, and he vowed to “course-correct our foreign policy and better unite our democratic values with our diplomatic leadership.” It was a promise to reverse a range of actions and approaches of his predecessor, an extension of pledges made during the 2020 campaign to “rescue” U.S. foreign policy from the damage wrought by Donald Trump. “Trump’s disastrous foreign policy record reminds us every day,” Biden said, “of the dangers of an unbalanced and incoherent approach.”
“I think the Abraham Accords is a really good example of policy that has merit on its own, something that both Republican and Democratic administrations alike would see as a beneficial policy step,” Elisa Ewers, an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for New American Security, told Grid. “The administration, I think, is trying to maximize and expand the opportunities of the Abraham Accords while also taking into account what is important from its perspective — and which may be different than how the Trump administration assessed it — which is the continued need to address the Palestinian issue.”
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