Biden's foreign policy: A prognosis

From Asean to Pyongyang, what is likely to be in store with the changes to come from the 46th President of the United States

President-elect Joe Biden's vision is of an America with the world and leading the world. He will uphold international law and the rule of law, and will support a rules-based international order, says the writer.
President-elect Joe Biden's vision is of an America with the world and leading the world. He will uphold international law and the rule of law, and will support a rules-based international order, says the writer.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

I have known President-elect Joe Biden since 1984. During the period from 1984 to 1990, I served as Singapore's Ambassador to the United States. I called often on Senator Biden, who was a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I found him to be knowledgeable and friendly. It helped that he had enormous respect for Singapore's founding prime minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

Then President Barack Obama respected Mr Biden's knowledge of foreign affairs. He delegated to his vice-president responsibility for Iraq, Ukraine and Latin America. With his experience and vast network of influential friends, Mr Biden is well prepared for the presidency and the challenges of America's foreign relations.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 17, 2020, with the headline 'Biden's foreign policy: A prognosis'. Print Edition | Subscribe