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Afghan people climb atop a plane as they wait at the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 16, 2021, after a stunningly swift end to Afghanistan's 20-year war, as thousands of people mobbed the city's airport trying to flee the group's feared hardline brand of Islamist rule.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Wall Street Journal

A Way Out of Biden’s Afghan Trap

| Aug. 25, 2021

President Biden seems to have set a trap for himself—and for Americans, allied personnel and Afghans seeking to leave Afghanistan. Those civilians were stranded after Mr. Biden withdrew U.S. troops only to be surprised by the Taliban’s quick takeover. Mr. Biden promised to evacuate them by Aug. 31, and the Taliban said they’d hold him to that deadline. On Monday the administration signaled that it intends to abide by it. It won’t be enough time.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrive for a joint press conference at the Chancellery on June 23, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is on his second visit to Europe, following his trip to Britain and Belgium with President Joe Biden

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Analysis & Opinions - Center for a New American Security

Merkel’s Upcoming White House Visit and the Future of U.S.-German Relations

| July 09, 2021

What is the significance of Angela Merkel’s upcoming White House for the future of U.S.-German relations? Cathryn Clüver and Jeff Rathke join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss the most important aspects of the July 15 meeting and how the U.S. and Germany can work together on a range of issues going forward.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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Analysis & Opinions - Institute of International and European Affairs

Beyond Merkel – The Future of Germany in an Age of Uncertainty

| June 30, 2021

This year marks the end of an era in German and European politics: Angela Merkel, the ever "reluctant leader of the West," will end her historic tenure as Chancellor. During the past 16 years, Chancellor Merkel has symbolised continuity, predictability, and stability for many European and international partners. But the world has become a less predictable and stable place during her tenure: Germany now faces a watershed moment for its European and international policy. Against this backdrop, Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook reflects on how changing transatlantic ties, a challenging economic and political relationship with China, the recovering economy in Europe and the Eurozone and the weakening of the democratic fabric across Europe will dictate foreign policy options for the next German Chancellor.

US president Joe Biden is about to board Air Force One Boeing 747 airplane after the US - Russia summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Geneva Airport Cointrin, on June 16, 2021.

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Analysis & Opinions - Social Europe Journal

Defending democratic values

| June 09, 2021

The United States president, Joe Biden, has made restoring alliances and partnerships a central feature of his foreign-policy agenda. As he arrives in Europe for the first overseas trip of his presidency, the time is ripe for the transatlantic relationship to advance an agenda of democratic resilience.

Strengthening policy co-ordination on Russia and China will be central to this agenda—although transatlantic partners are not expected to be in lockstep with him on every issue. Instead of lamenting where our approaches toward Moscow and Beijing may diverge, however, the US and its European partners should take advantage of renewed diplomatic engagement to make progress on defending democratic values at home and abroad.

President Joe Biden waves as he and first lady Jill Biden walk on the ellipse to board Marine One on Wednesday on the first leg of their journey to Europe.

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Analysis & Opinions - Roll Call

Trends in US hamper Biden’s ‘America is back’ message to Europe

| June 09, 2021

President Joe Biden heads to Europe this week for his first foreign trip as president, intent on soldering back together the trans-Atlantic ties that were splintered by his predecessor.

But the Biden administration’s ability to renew Europeans’ faith in the long-term U.S. commitment to internationalism and the post-World War II democratic order is constrained by European concerns about recent domestic events, notably the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol and Republican efforts to sow doubt about the integrity of elections and to restrict access to the ballot.