White House allies are worried that neither are ready for the logistical and humanitarian impact of opening it.
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Ben Roback is Head of Trade and International Policy at Cicero Group and a member of the US Embassy’s Young Leader’s UK programme.Follow @
Ben Roback: If not Trump, then who will be the next presidential candidate for the Republican Party?
There are several impressive contenders – although the former president is likely to make a return too.
Ben Roback: Biden and the Northern Ireland Protocol. A strategic international imperative, or purely a domestic trade issue?
The President’s instincts on Ireland and his approach to trade pull in different political directions.
The signs are beginning to emerge that the Biden presidency is taking the Wuhan theory seriously.
Ben Roback: Peace in the Middle East. Biden is caught between his party’s historic position and its new left.
The Democratic establishment back Israel. The party’s rising left does not. And its centre is wavering.
The President has put the Vice-President in charge of a mission in which she is unlikely to succeed.
The US and UK are keen to prioritise the green agenda, but can’t afford to ignore the challenge posed by illiberal regimes.
Ben Roback: Biden can continue to expand the state – now that Republicans are too distracted by the culture wars
Biden wants to act quickly and boldly while his party has unified control of Congress, knowing full well that could change next year.
The President’s age and fall together shines an spotlight onto the woman who would assume the presidency were he to vacate it.
Ben Roback: Vaccination in America – a research and manufacturing triumph. Now for the next challenge: getting needles into arms
Some of this success was crafted under Trump’s presidency, and he now holds the key to better protecting his country.
Ben Roback: China. Under Trump, a threat. Under Biden, a competitor. His speech at the Munich Security Conference.
The President’s address was tougher on Russia, but far from radical. If anything, it risked being disappointingly tame.
After the gladiatorial theatre of the Trump years, American politics is returning, at least in terms of government, to something more like normal.
The President wants to lower the political temperature and win Republican support – and that risks disappointing the Democratic left wing.
Seventeen Republican senators would be needed for the two thirds majority required to impeach him. This seems a high bar.
Intriguingly, he has retweeted an article which said: ‘May God bless him, Melania, and their family, as God leads him to the next chapter in his life.’