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Biden will be severely tested in ability to restore world order

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21.01.2021

Never has a new U.S. president been sworn in amid such a depressing atmosphere.

Usually, a presidential inauguration in the United States is a festive event that celebrates the basic principles of democracy. The international community listens carefully to the words spoken by the new leader of the superpower to find signs of the direction the president intends to lead the world during the next four years.

But the United States is now suffering badly from a deep division in society and a decline in its prestige as well as the ravages of the new coronavirus pandemic.

Even though the rough-and-tumble administration of former President Donald Trump is gone, the outlook for the country remains murky with sticky policy challenges on both the domestic and diplomatic fronts waiting to be addressed.

President Joe Biden has started his presidency in a stormy political climate that will severely test his ability to unite the nation and provide effective international leadership to restore order in the world.

OVERCOMING DIVISION IS BIDEN’S MOST URGENT TASK

Washington is still reeling from the profound trauma caused by the storming of the Capitol.

Up to 25,000 troops were mobilized to protect Biden’s inauguration. That is more than the combined number of U.S. troops currently stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

Trump refused to attend the ceremony, becoming the first outgoing U.S. president to skip the inauguration of his successor since Andrew Johnson did so in 1869, four years after the end of the Civil War.

The acrimonious political conflict in the United States has torn apart American society as if it had brought Cold War thinking into the country. A survey has found that one-third of Americans do not recognize Biden as the legitimate president.

Meanwhile, the U.S. COVID-19 death toll has passed 400,000. It is said that the massive loss of lives amid a........

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