Three Tensions in Biden’s International Economic Policy

Matthew P. Goodman, CSIS|

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With strategic perspective and process discipline, the Biden administration should be able to reconcile the three tensions identified (domestic and international economic priorities, the new administration’s aversion to traditional trade negotiations and desire to reestablish U.S. leadership in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as confrontation and engagement with China). Without them, there is a risk that international economic policy gets hamstrung by internal contradictions.

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