In his speech before the UN General Assembly, President Joe Biden highlighted the importance of forging partnerships and building inclusive coalitions of countries to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Yet, the war in Ukraine has revealed the absence of such a global coalition condemning Russia, highlighting the disconnect between the United States and those countries not formally aligned with or against a major power.
As the United States grapples with an uncertain future with China, it must secure partnerships with non-aligned countries in Africa, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East
In February 2023, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning Russian aggression in Ukraine, with 7 countries vetoing the measures and 32 countries abstaining altogether — including key countries such as India, Vietnam, and South Africa. As the United States grapples with an uncertain future with China, it must secure partnerships with non-aligned countries in Africa, Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Cooperating with these countries is a prerequisite for the United States to effectively compete with China. The United States must partner with non-aligned countries to diversify the US defense industrial base, prevent risks to US military operations in the region, and ensure collective action in the case of a Taiwan contingency.
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