The Middle (and Radical) Way of Biden
In his first moves in foreign policy, President Joe Biden has shown the ambition to bring “diplomacy back” and put the United States back to the center of the international system. In doing so, he is following the Middle Way approach based on a pragmatic focus on problem-solving and decency that has characterized the presidencies of Dwight D. Eisenhower, George H.W. Bush, and Barack Obama. However, in this return of the “middle way” in American foreign policy, there is also space for a more radical yet complementary shift, as announced by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken: the foreign policy of the United States will take more and more into consideration the interests and ideas of the American citizens and the “Middle Class,” and it will be a tool to respond to their needs and ambitions.