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Biden at UNGA

Written by The Frontier Post

President Biden graced the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for the first time since taking office in January 2020. During his first speech to the world forum, Biden said that currently humanity is standing at an inflection point in history. According to him, it is a decisive decade for the world in which the United States intends to lead on all the greatest challenges of the time, while maintaining its commitments to allies and partners. During his address, Biden discussed a variety of the issues confronting the world including the COVID-19 pandemic, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, emerging technologies, and climate change. President Biden said that the United States is not seeking the new Cold War, or the world divided into rigid blocks. Biden noted that the United States is ready to work with any nation that steps up, that pursues peaceful resolution to shared challenges despite of intense disagreement to those shared challenges, because we will all suffer the consequences of our failures if we don’t come together to tackle COVID-19, climate change or threats like nuclear proliferation. While commenting on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Biden said that America has ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan because it closed the period of relentless war and is heading to open a new period of relentless diplomacy. Biden said that America will lead on all the greatest challenges of time, together with its allies and partners.
In fact, Biden’s sermon was a comprehensive overview of United States foreign Policy and Political engagements at international level during the Biden era. President Biden touched upon the important international issues including COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, nuclear proliferation, Afghanistan, Iran nuclear deal, North Korea, US commitment to its partners and allies. Biden advocated for collective efforts to combat global threats like coronavirus pandemic, nuclear proliferation, and climate change. Although, Biden did not point out its common rivals China or Russia during his speech but made a vague description toward them while vowing support for democracy and condemnation of authoritarianism. The US President promised a bright future for human rights and freedom of expression while negating the suppression of people’s rights by use of force. Biden assured America’s support to its allies and partners and vowed to defend itself and its allies against all threats. While discussing nuclear proliferation, Biden expressed US commitment towards restoration of JCPOA and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Biden said that military power should be a tool of last resort, not the first, because problems cannot be solved by arms.
In fact, the Biden speech was an excellent illustration of US’s policy at international level under the Biden administration. Biden did not echo a word about the UN charter and United States commitment to carry forward those common objectives under the UN forum. He also did not touch upon the UN reforms to make the world body more effective and unresolved global disputes on the UN agenda including Kashmir and Palestine. Despite Biden’s advocacy for human rights across the world, he never echoed a word about the people of Kashmir and Palestine. Although, Biden claimed not to resort to a new cold war in future, his words are not coinciding with the US policies and actions in the Indo-Pacific region. Realistically, Biden’s speech lacks the slant of a global power and the aspirations of deprived communities of the world.

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