Foreign policy progressives may not like Biden's foreign policy

Military equipment on the Iranian warship Shahid Roudaki, which was inaugurated last Thursday in the Persian Gulf.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

(BLOOMBERG) - Shortly after United States President-elect Joe Biden clinched his party's nomination in May, a group of 50 progressive organisations sent his campaign a letter urging him to commit to a broad agenda of foreign policy reform. They wanted him to agree to such policies as re-entering the Iran nuclear deal and cutting at least US$200 billion (S$268 billion) from the Pentagon budget.

Six months later, Mr Biden has given his answer: With his choice of Mr Antony Blinken for secretary of state and Mr Jake Sullivan as national security adviser, as well as his expected nomination of Ms Michele Flournoy for secretary of defence, Mr Biden has signalled that his national security Cabinet will be more centrist than the left flank of his party would like.

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