Will Foreign Policy Be the Deciding Factor in the Upcoming US Presidential Election? A Look at Stephen Walt’s Analysis

The Impact of the US Election on Global Relations

In the upcoming US presidential election, foreign policy is set to play a more significant role, according to Harvard Kennedy School’s Stephen Walt in a recent interview on GZERO World with Ian Bremmer. Walt believes that this is due to the economy not favoring Biden as much as expected and the lack of major foreign policy successes to tout.

Despite differences between a second Biden or Trump term in terms of foreign policy, Walt suggests that their outcomes may be similar in certain areas. He points out that on important issues, there isn’t a huge gap between the two candidates. For instance, Walt specifically mentions China policy, noting that Biden’s approach has built on Trump’s policies, especially focusing on high-tech issues.

However, Walt does acknowledge that there are significant differences between Trump and Biden in foreign policy. He argues that their second administrations may have different outcomes in areas such as the Middle East and Ukraine. However, he does highlight the potential for Trump to take a less supportive stance towards Europe and NATO due to his nationalist and unilateralist tendencies.

Overall, Walt’s analysis suggests that while there are differences between Trump and Biden in foreign policy, the outcomes may not be drastically different in certain areas. Viewers can catch GZERO World with Ian Bremmer every week on gzeromedia.com/gzeroworld or on US public television.

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