USA/CENTRAL AND SOUTH EASTERN EUROPE – The Impact of the US Presidential Election on Central and South-Eastern European Security and Defence (LSE IDEAS)

Will US foreign and defence policy change in Central and South-Eastern Europe under Joe Biden’s presidency?

President Trump’s foreign policy struck a radically different note to previous US administrations, with dramatic consequences in Central and South-East Europe. During his presidency the USA showed unprecedented warmth towards Russia, withdrew large numbers of troops from Germany and brokered an economic deal between Serbia and Kosovo, while threatening the strength and cohesion of NATO and the UN.

President-elect Joe Biden’s attitudes to foreign policy and transnational organisations differs markedly to that of Donald Trump. How will his administration’s security and defence priorities impact on the Central and South-East Europe region? Our panellists discuss the security challenges and possibilities across the region presented by the USA’s change of administration.