U.S. Foreign Policy in Uncertain Times

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air Date: January 1, 2021) — Today, a panel discussion on the foreign policy of the Biden administration during unprecedented times. Even as the U.S. approaches a fully vaccinated population, India, Brazil and many African countries are experiencing the worst COVID-19 caseloads of the pandemic. Vaccine patent waivers have become a top global issue as developing countries ask to manufacture and distribute privately-owned vaccines themselves. The Biden administration has signaled it will not stand in the way of such waivers, but the negotiations are still slow going at the World Trade Organization.

Another visible aspect of U.S. foreign policy is in the Middle East, recently highlighted by the ceasefire between Israel and Palestine and backed by the Biden presidency. The escalating attacks between  Palestinians and Israeli forces also come as Biden approved a $735 million arms deal with Israel. This week’s panel looks at how these foreign policies compare to historical precedent and how foreign relations will change during the uncertain and tumultuous times the world finds itself.

This week’s panelists include Jeffrey Meiser, associate professor in the University of Portland’s Political Science Department; Lauren Turek, assistant professor in Trinity University’s History Department; and Brent Steele, professor and chair of the University of Utah’s Political Science Department. The Hinckley Institute’s Ann Lopez will be moderating this week’s discussion.

This forum was put on in partnership with the University of Utah’s Political Science Department.

This forum was recorded on November 18, 2020.

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