It’s a different America and World, and Joe Biden has a series of daunting tasks ahead.
When the new president walks into the White House and takes the charge of a country in turmoil, a mere peaceful transition of power won’t restore all that has been distorted by President Donald Trump in the last four years. Not just the United States, but the entire world went through a metamorphosis under Trump’s presidency. Winning the election against the incumbent might have been more or less a cake walk for President-elect Joe Biden, but the challenges that await him in the Oval office are prodigious.
The twin calamitous threats of climate change and nuclear warfare hovers over the world today, like a colossal hat of doom ready to engulf the human race at any time. Making the situation more grave is the widespread network of misinformation and the digital divide it has perpetrated, that paralyzes the ability of people in general to identify and respond to these dangers. Not to forget that the free world’s superpower, which has always acted on its role of leading change for better, is struggling to retain it’s reputation. After the US Capitol insurrection, the democratic countries of the world have started developing cynicism and skepticism in how they see America’s role as the leader of the world in the future.
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Collating all the wrong turns in the global geo-political landscape, the world was inches away from what possibly could have sparked World War III, in the beginning of 2020. And it is no exaggeration to say that Donald Trump has turned the world upside down under his leadership. So much so that on his first day in office, Biden will confront a herculean task of restoring, or at least pacifying, the worrisome mood both in his homeland and around the world.
Colossal Challenges That Await Joe Biden In The White House
Challenge 1: Misinformation and Cyber-enabled Information Warfare
While there would be skeptics saying that misinformation is not a big initial challenge to immediately tackle for Biden, it is arguably the biggest threat to humanity in the 21st century, as documented in the bygone decade. Democracy and public decision-making throughout the world depends on an honest information ecosystem which Trumpism completely unraveled. Rumors and fake news ran like wildfire under the Trump administration. In 2016, when Russia’s cyberattack and disinformation campaign penetrated the US elections, it was a wake up call against data breach.
Later when the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the world and locked people in their homes, Trump spread misinformation and downplayed the dangers of the virus. Consequently, the president’s unjustifiable acts led to a tsunami of casualties. Similar consequences were witnessed after Trump, along with his allies, fueled the election-fraud claims that led to an attack on the second safest building in America.
Disinformation campaigns hold the potential to metamorphose the human brain and create a massive divide in the world that only alleviates violence and distress. For Biden to restore World Order, he needs to actively find a solution to this grave problem plaguing democratic advancement.
Challenge 2: Nuclear Warfare
The 21st century is highly susceptible to a nuclear war that can change the face of Earth and how humanity inhabits the planet. The Iran Nuclear Accord introduced by the Obama administration had successfully kept the Gulf nation’s nuclear ambitions at bay. However, Trump withdrew from the Accord that compelled Iran to reduce it’s uranium stockpile by 98% and limit it to 300 kilograms. As a result, Iran now sits on 2.4 tons of uranium stockpile, enriching it at 20%. The numbers in the facts are enough to suggest that Iran might already be underway with a plan to create a nuclear weapon.
The fact that Trump administration ordered the assassination of Iran’s highest-ranked military general Qasem Soleimani has further worsened the relations between the two countries. Furthermore, heavy sanctions imposed by Trump on Iran didn’t lead to any reduction in the nuclear enrichment of the country; rather, it is worsening the life of Iranians manifold thus amplifying the Iranian-West Divide. From holding an anti-Iran summit in Poland to declaring Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, Trump went as far as a US President could to raise the tension with Iran.
On the other hand, Trump’s term has been a holy grail for countries who were long aiming to pace up their nuclear ambitions. This includes North Korea’s infamous leader Kim Jong-Un who managed to have a meeting with the President of the US.
Challenge 3: The Bigger Divide and Human Rights in Shambles
Hate mongering and racism were at their highpoint during Trump’s tenure. The Black Lives Matter movement wouldn’t have spread like uncontainable wildfire had it not been for Trump’s instigative actions. Instead of assuring African Americans of finding a solution to their plight, Trump blatantly condoned white supremacist behavior by far-right fringe groups, which resulted in outbreaks of civil riots across American cities.
Even before the BLM movement, minorities underwent scrutiny and aversion like never before under the Trump administration. From calling Mexicans “rapists and thugs” to fueling Islamophobia, Trump made room for racism in not just the American but the world’s way of life in 2020.
Often taking a stern jibe against China and its policies, Trump promoted racism against Asians in the US. However, he never stood up for the plight of the Uighur Muslim community suffering numerous human rights violations in China. When Trump separated immigrant children from their families at the border, for the first time ever the savior of human rights for downtrodden around the world became the inhibitor.
Restoring Faith in the American Way
Joe Biden faces a logjam of challenges that Trump has accumulated with his approach throughout the four years of his chaotic presidency. The biggest of all the challenges that lie ahead for President Biden is restoring the world’s faith in the United States as the leader of the free world — an undoubtedly daunting task for the new Democratic administration.