When the world is in the most chaotic period since World War II, the stable leadership of Joe Biden, former US vice president and currently a Democratic candidate, is expected to help the world return.

According to Robertson, America’s European allies will hope that if he becomes president, Biden can quickly provide convincing evidence that his actions move away from multilateralism and abandon international commitments.

Biden pledged in a speech in New York last July that he `will invite allied leaders to help bring the issue of democracy back to the global agenda.`

Democratic candidate Joe Biden at an event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 20.

One of the factors that can help the US quickly regain the trust of its allies and partners is its commitment to rejoin the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, the agreement that Trump began withdrawing from in 2019. Also in

Robertson added that another issue that could help Biden `win over` his allies is that he once announced a reversal of Trump’s decision to cut the budget for the World Health Organization (WHO), when speaking about Covid-19.

By committing to a multilateral agenda, Biden can help dispel worries that the United States will turn its back on the core values of democratic nations, amid growing nationalism around the world.

Amid the chaos of the pandemic and ethnic unrest, Europe especially wants to see more declarations in defense of democracies.

Biden is no stranger to foreign policy, having served for many years as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee while working in the US Congress, as well as 8 years as US vice president under Obama.

Nearly 4 years under Trump’s leadership, the United States has lost much of its allies’ support, reducing the White House’s ability to forge a strong alliance for America’s stances on Iran, China, and North Korea.

Allies at the United Nations Security Council now publicly oppose the US extending the arms embargo on Iran, something that has rarely happened before.

Biden addressed those changes, as well as Trump’s indifference to traditional alliances, in an op-ed published in Foreign Affairs magazine earlier this year.

However, given the current situation, Biden’s responsibility will not be simple, according to Robertson.

`Time is not his friend. Discontent among Trump supporters, Covid-19 and economic challenges could dominate the first days of Biden’s term,` Robertson wrote.

The CNN analyst said that this means Biden’s foreign policies will need to be in place from the beginning and entrusted to an experienced diplomat capable of leading the State Department, after 4 years.

As the election time gets closer, many new diplomatic challenges also appear, when a wave of protests flares up in Belarus or a conflict just broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The Middle East is also seen as a challenge for Biden when looking for allies.

But the biggest foreign policy challenge for the next US president is probably China, the issue on which the US most needs support from its allies.

US allies once supported Trump because of his tough stance against China in its trade abuses, intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer.

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President Donald Trump at the event in Jacksonville, Florida on September 24.

Biden said he agreed with Trump’s trade accusations against China, but did not agree with how he resolved the issue.

Mr. Xi has responded to pressure from Trump by strengthening his foreign policy more aggressively, such as imposing the Hong Kong security law, stepping up military exercises near Taiwan, and the Senkaku/Diaoyu island group dispute with Japan.

`The challenge to Biden, like what former president John F. Kennedy faced with the Soviet Union in 1962 during the Cuban missile crisis, will come at this time, but not from Russia, but from China.`