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Editorial

The Reintegration of the USA into the World

During the election campaign, only a few references were made to foreign policy issues.

And in Joe Biden's impressive speech on Saturday night, after he was proclaimed president-elect, a 1,650-word speech devoted just 51 words to the subject.

He specifically said that he seeks: "to restore the soul of America, to rebuild the backbone of this nation, the middle class, and to make America respected around the world again."

He continued: “Tonight, the whole world is watching America. I believe at our best America is a beacon for the globe. And we lead not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.”

These are beautiful words, necessary for the domestic audience, and balm for international observers.

The key point above is for America to be "respected" again.

The loss of world’s respect for the United States is one of Trump's most unfortunate legacies. During his presidency, the world lost the trust, the appreciation, the respect of the world. America’s prestige went into eclipse.

However, there are already signs that this was temporary:

It can be seen from the messages that friends and allies are sending to President-elect Biden.

But how is the world's respect for America to be fully restored?

This depends on the leadership of the country. It depends on the image that the country’s leader projects to the outside world.

Of course, it also depends on his policies.

Biden, in a statement to The New York Times  a few days ago presented the crux of the policy that he will follow from the beginning.

He said that he will immediately cancel Trump’s so called ‘America First’ policy – the America that builds walls, but ignores allies and embraces adversaries. The America that left gaps in the world which were filled by China and Russia, and that Erdogan tried to fill in his region.

Gaps, which also expose democracy to danger in a number of countries.

Of course, one of the gaps created by America’s distancing itself from the World was in the Mediterranean.

In Greece, the financial part of the gap was filled by China, with its investments in the port of Piraeus and elsewhere.

And the military gaps were exploited by Erdogan, who found opportunities to try to impose the solutions he wants on Greece and Cyprus.

America is not and cannot be infallible. However, its presence in the world, economically and militarily, is essential to securing peace and prosperity. 

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