The Biden administration’s attempt to compete with a re-emerging part of the world appears doomed, as the so-called “unipolar moment” can no longer be restored, say European observers commenting on the US president’s commitment to NATO and Build Back Better World pledges.
On Monday, President Joe Biden met with NATO leaders at the 2021 Brussels summit, where he described the US commitment to the military alliance as “a sacred obligation”. A final statement of the meeting emphasised the “threat” posed by Russia as well as the “challenges” caused by China.
Earlier, on Saturday, the US president and G7 member states announced the Build Back Better World (B3W) partnership – an apparent competitor to China’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative. Both announcements were made as the White House seeks to reaffirm to its allies that “America is back” at the helm of global politics.
Biden’s ‘Sacred Obligation’ is No Good News
Biden’s message aims at “rebuilding” the “discredited” US image around the world following the four-year rule of “isolationist” President Donald Trump and improve relations with the country’s closest allies and partners in Europe, the scholar notes, adding that this obviously includes Washington’s commitment to NATO and Article 5, i.e. collective defence. Article 5 was somewhat thrown into doubt by Biden’s predecessor, who insisted that NATO allies should pay their “fair share” in the first place.
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