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Pandemic leads the US to foreign policy self-isolation

Pandemic leads the US to foreign policy self-isolation

The United States, which has modeled the world order since the Cold War, is losing international influence in the wake of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Recent processes on the world stage may force the United States to revise its foreign policy, including the issue of the number of military contingents abroad, said Kadir Ustyun, chief coordinator of the Washington office of the Political, Economic, and Social Research Foundation (SETA) of Turkey. About this today, May 18, reports the Turkish state news agency Anadolu.

According to him, the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic for the US economy are comparable to the damage of the Great Depression of the 1930s, and this cannot but leave an imprint on US foreign policy. In this regard, the November presidential election is of particular importance. If incumbent President Donald Trump wins them again, the United States will adhere to America First (America First) with an emphasis on domestic politics. Trump will try to further isolate the United States from the world, which will certainly weaken Washington’s ties with its allies and partners, the SETA expert believes. If Democrat Joe Biden wins the election, the White House is likely to take a course towards strengthening leadership in NATO, as well as strengthening its position on the world stage. However, whoever wins the election today is quite obvious that the US Congress will not continue to support large and costly campaigns abroad, Ustyun notes.

If Trump is re-elected president, the United States, Russia, and China will continue to blame each other for the global crisis. The cooperation of world powers will come to an end, he continues. At the same time, the United States can follow the example of Great Britain, which is 1967 with the backdrop of the economic crisis in the United Kingdom withdrew troops from Bahrain, Yemen, and Malaysia. Similar steps against the backdrop of growing uncertainty in overcoming the pandemic, Americans can take, but in relation to their presence in the Middle East. The United States, before the global crisis, because of the coronavirus, planned a “global redeployment” of its military assets with their reorientation to confront Russia and China, in particular in the Asia-Pacific region.

One of the important issues that concern Turkey, in particular, is the following: will the US continue to support non-state armed groups in the Middle East, such as the Kurdish People’s Self-Defense Units (YPG) in Syria, which Ankara considers to be a “terrorist organization”.

Further, Ustyun points to the “somewhat subsided” tensions between Washington and Ankara in connection with the ongoing attempts by the American administration to dissuade the Turkish ally from deploying on its territory the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems it had already purchased. It is possible that the United States will draw closer to Turkey amid global competition with China and a decrease in the US presence in the Middle East, concludes the chief coordinator of the Washington office of SETA.

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