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Joe Biden’s presidency is four months old, and although it has enjoyed an extended honeymoon period in the US — Trumpist conspiracy theories and Republican hardliners notwithstanding — when viewed from the outside, the gloss is starting to wear off.                    

While the country’s allies in the Global North embrace a return to Obama-era diplomacy, those of us in the Global South have reason to be ambivalent. Hoarding of vaccines (an alternative version of “America first”) is one thing; the escalation of interventionist foreign policy (“America is back”) is another thing altogether...

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