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History As It Happens

Jan 4, 2022

President Joseph Biden is beginning his second year in office facing many of the same foreign policy problems that awaited his arrival in the White House, some with the potential to explode into full-blown conflict despite his efforts to restore calm and confidence among U.S. allies and partners in Europe and the Indo-Pacific. From China’s threats to absorb Taiwan, to Russia’s troop buildup on the Ukrainian border, a number of simmering conflicts are testing the strength of the United States’ extensive overseas commitments after 20 years fighting a global war on terrorism to little positive effect. In this episode, The Washington Times' national security correspondent Ben Wolfgang discusses the president’s approach to these foreign policy dilemmas. The world scene is dramatically different than the one Biden knew when he was elected to the Senate, or even when he served as Barack Obama's vice president. That is, the U.S. is no longer a hegemonic power that can get whatever it wants from whoever it wants, if that were ever the case.