‘America Is Back’ Gets a European Road Test


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Last week, I wrote about the current debate in U.S. foreign policymaking circles over restraint and America’s global role. That debate can seem abstract, but U.S. President Joe Biden’s trip this week to Europe is a concrete example of what managing America’s global presence, and particularly its network of alliances, looks like in practice.

Biden arrived Wednesday in the U.K., where he met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss bilateral issues in advance of the G-7 leaders’ summit in Cornwall that began Friday. From there, he will travel to Brussels for the NATO leaders’ summit…

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