Biden's Atlantic U-turn: interim results

Joe Biden's first overseas trip as U.S. President to Europe was to fix the damage done by Donald Trump to transatlantic solidarity. The American leader held a number of meetings with NATO allies, European leaders and signed the ambitious New Atlantic Charter with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin wrapped up Biden's European visit.

Did Joe Biden manage to achieve his goals and overcome the transatlantic alienation or Europe and the U.S. will continue drifting apart? On what grounds do Americans want to restore the unity of the "collective West"? How will Russian-American dialogue develop after the meeting between the two leaders?

RISS experts Sergei Mikhailov and Sergei Yermakov give answers to these questions.

Summary:

  • Joe Biden's first overseas trip as U.S. President to Europe was intended to address a number of objectives. Its primary goal was to demonstrate Europe the willingness to repair Transatlantic relations that were seriously damaged under the Trump presidency.

  • The White House tries to solve specific political problems. Firstly, to draw Europeans into the Sino-American Rivalry. Joe Biden is seeking to build a global coalition to counter China, which is clearly perceived as America's foremost geopolitical competitor.

  • Biden-Putin summit could be also seen as an attempt to slow down the Russian-Chinese rapprochement that raises concerns in the US strategic community.

  • Obviously, the U.S. and China are locked in a race for economic and technological dominance. For the first time Australia, Japan, and India were invited to the G7 meeting – the countries that along with the US are members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) aiming to contain China.

  • The Russian-U.S. high-level talks in Geneva were rather successful. Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin managed to discuss the full range of pressing issues, including strategic stability and the future of arms control, the situation in Syria, Afghanistan, the Arctic, and other topical issues.
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