Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, vowed on July 11th to end what he called "forever wars" and reassert American leadership to combat authoritarianism and global instability, which he says are proliferating under President Donald Trump.
Biden highlighted his foreign policy vision in a speech in New York, describing Trump's "America first" approach as short-sighted, belligerent, incompetent and ultimately threatening to US interests and democracy across the world.
"The world's democracies look to America to stand for the values that unite us. ... Donald Trump seems to be on the other team," Biden said, lashing out at the president for "embracing dictators who appeal to his vanity" and emboldening a worldwide rise of nationalism, xenophobia and isolationism.
Biden emphasised the urgency for US-led global alliances to combat the climate crisis, forge new trade agreements to create a more even international economy and to recommit to non-nuclear proliferation.
The former vice president sought in his 43-minute speech to promise not just a return to the traditional US role in the post-World War II international order but to use that power and influence to take on 21st century problems.
If the US doesn't lead those efforts, "rest assured, some nation will step into the vacuum — or no one will and chaos will prevail," Biden said.