Summary

With the US elections approaching, observers wonder what US foreign policy will look like in the next four years, especially if Democrat challenger Joe Biden was elected President. Commentators generally agree that it would mark a ‘return to normalcy’ after Donald Trump’s direct and undiplomatic style of promoting an ‘America First’ agenda. However, while Biden will indeed seek to mend ties with US allies in Europe and Asia, he will also adopt a confrontational stance toward competitors like Russia. As a long-time supporter of NATO and its enlargement eastwards, who has in the past advocated for deploying more troops along Russia’s borders, a president Biden could be expected to act energetically to counter Moscow, leading to new lows in bilateral relations.