The article of Paul Nadeau, Visiting Research Fellow, “The Big Hole in the Biden Administration’s Economic Diplomacy,” was published on The Diplomat on May 24, 2023.
States always have the right and necessity to prioritize their domestic economies. Providing welfare for their citizens is one of the essential roles undertaken by states, and no country is under any obligation to prioritize the health of the international economy, allies, or trading partners over that of their own citizens. In formulating economic policy, the Biden administration wants to put its citizens first, and they’re well within their rights and responsibilities to do so.
That said, Sullivan’s speech was framed as a speech on the U.S. role in the international economy, so those are the merits on which it needs to be judged. On that count, the speech represents a step toward economic unilateralism, like the Bush Doctrine applied to international economics in effect if not intent – the United States will do what it wants, and international cooperation is welcome but only if partners do it on U.S. terms…
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