Donald Trump’s election in 2016 disrupted the entirety of international politics, a shock most palpable in Europe, up to this point trusting in American guarantees. Trump’s reelection would cement the US’ new orientation as a self-interested state hostile to multilateral institutions, while his challenger’s, Joe Biden, victory would result in an attempt to repair and restore the old international order – but are the Europeans willing to trust America again?

The debate, scheduled little over a day after the announcement of the results of the 2020 presidential election, will be an opportunity to discuss its consequences for international affairs and for Europe’s future as a global power. How will the victor shape American foreign policy? Can Europe achieve a degree of strategic sovereignty and insulate its global standing from the vagaries of American politics? How can we make the transatlantic relationship more resilient?

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