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Biden and Iran: Who Trusts Who?

Ibrahim Warde publishes op-ed in Le Monde diplomatique on Biden's challenges in returning to traditional diplomacy in the Middle East.


Shortly after his election to the presidency, Joe Biden said, ‘America is back’: the US was ‘ready to lead the world, not retreat from it’, ‘ready to confront our adversaries, not reject our allies. Ready to stand up for our values’. Donald Trump, Biden’s reality TV star predecessor in the White House, had promised that his mastery of the ‘art of the deal’ and his private sector experience, which he greatly overstated as hugely successful, would allow him to negotiate the best deals for the US. The record of his transactional diplomacy is well known.

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