Nervy wait for Biden foreign policy

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Harare - United States President-elect Joe Biden has says he is prioritising reassertion of Washington’s primacy in international affairs after four years of an inward-looking approach by President Donald Trump.

Analysts have said this could see greater American interference in the affairs of other countries during the Biden presidency.

On Monday, Mr Biden selected Mr Anthony Blinken as his Secretary of State, as he starts fleshing out his foreign policy ahead of his inauguration in January 2021.

African countries like Zimbabwe are holding their breath to see what this will mean for relations with Washington over the next four years.

Mr Biden is no stranger to Zimbabweans.

He co-sponsored the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (ZDERA) of 2001, which institutes economic sanctions on the country for its decision to embark on land reforms.

SADC has demanded that the sanctions be unconditionally lifted.

Senior research fellow at the Global Policy Institute in London, and author of “Bombs for Peace: NATO’s Humanitarian War on Yugoslavia”, George Szamuely believes Mr Biden’s administration will mean greater interference in other countries’ affairs.

“A US foreign policy run by Antony J Blinken and Jake Sullivan, the likely next secretary of state and national security advisor, will mean more global interventions and regime-change operations, Clinton and Obama style,” says Szamuely.

“Blinken played a prominent foreign policy role in both the Bill Clinton and Barack Obama administrations, while Sullivan was part of the Obama one. The Democrat-boosting media are, not surprisingly, excited by media-anointed President-elect Joe Biden’s choice of Blinken, his long-time national security adviser, as his secretary of state.

“Along with his pick of Jake Sullivan, another close aide, as his national security adviser, these appointments supposedly signal restoration of ‘internationalism’ and ‘global partnerships’ as guiding principles of US foreign policy.”

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