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The Most Pessimistic Article I Have Read In 2021

Dan Drezner explores how the foreign policy community can help navigate today's uncertain world, via his Washington Post column.

For the dozens of Americans who care a lot about foreign policy, the first quarter of 2021 has been, to use a technical term, weird.

The Biden administration has been revitalizing partnerships and articulating values that the previous administration was either too indifferent or too incompetent to foster. At the same time, the relationships with China and Russia seem mostly (though not completely) unchanged, suggesting the persistence of great power competition. And it is still far from obvious whether the Biden administration has figured out how to reconcile its desire for stronger democratic alliances with the economic openness that is traditionally associated with such partnerships. Meanwhile, despite the production of vaccines, the global coronavirus pandemic is not going away anytime soon.

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