American democratic decline in turn strengthens our autocratic adversaries.
Through executive order, Biden can reverse several egregious policies, but continued polarization makes fundamental democratic reforms unlikely.
Regarding foreign policy, Biden has more autonomy than he does on the domestic front.
Likewise, South America endured four years of neglect; Trump’s one major gambit in the region — coercive regime change in Venezuela — failed.
Third, there is now tremendous demand in the world for American leadership and partnership, as well as our pragmatic idealism.