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The Crisis That Defined Blinken’s First Year

In another example, department officials said the Biden administration had swooped in. Support LithuaniaThrough the US Export-Import Bank, after China launched a trade war with the small Baltic States.

Support was welcomed by both a small country captured between the United States and China under the Trump administration and a close ally who expressed tensions with Washington before Mr Biden was elected.

Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde said in a forum hosted by the US Progress Center in January, “It’s much easier now because we share a lot more about our values ​​and what we want to do together.” Stated. “So for me it’s a kind of relief.”

But many allies are afraid that everything will be overturned if US voters choose a new government in 2024 that reflects the Trump administration’s “America First” beliefs. That’s one of the reasons Iran’s nuclear negotiations are struggling, given that Tehran is wary of resurrecting an arrangement that another government may end again.

And the chaotic departure from Afghanistan rarely eased concerns about America’s credibility.

Barbara J. Stephenson, another former US ambassador to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for Global Affairs, called the disjointed evacuation a “major mess” for the State Department. She said she showed “the value of distracting us” to adversaries like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

It even offended Americans who supported Mr Biden’s decision to end the war.

“We defended him,” said Dan Caldwell, vice president of foreign policy at Stand Together, a conservative billionaire-funded advocacy group. “But it was always done with the belief that accountability was needed later. And now, five months later, you are still seeing the issue of evacuation.”

“It’s unacceptable,” he said.

Not only was Blinken surprised by the withdrawal of President Ashraf Ghani and Afghan security forces due to the Taliban’s advance in August last year, he said, “We inherited the deadline. We did not inherit the plan. “. ..



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