Episode 8

Ambassador Victoria Nuland: The election outcome will determine whether we “go solo” or return to a collaborative foreign policy approach

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Key Points

  • Biden would likely champion policy planning in partnership with U.S. allies and work to strengthen the traditional alliances. This brings about opportunities and challenges of its own.
  • An overall more cohesive response, and collective pressure is needed from the U.S. and allies in regards to Russia’s behavior.
  • There is concern about the growing Chinese nuclear arsenal and Ambassador Nuland believes the US should seek to blunt this advantage, rather than simply bring Beijing into the existing US-Russian START agreement framework. The U.S. also needs to address China’s recent gains in AI and quantum computing.
  • While the 2015 JCPOA was an imperfect agreement in that it was narrowly conceived, Ambassador Nuland still maintains that it addressed the critical proliferation threat posed by the Iranian nuclear program.

Required Conflicts Disclosures

This discussion with Ambassador Victoria Nuland is part of the series “Beyond the Ballot with Helima Croft.” For more information about Helima Croft’s research report “Beyond the Ballot: Ambassador Victoria Nuland” published on October 28, 2020, please contact your RBC representative.

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