Joe Biden’s First 100 Days
Joe Biden will assume the presidency in a time of turmoil. COVID continues to kill thousands of Americans, millions of Americans remain unemployed, the country is deeply divided, and American interests abroad are imperiled by emboldened adversaries, particularly in Russia, China, and North Korea. Biden won the election based on his promise to bring stability, unity, and calm. How will he try to do this? What are his prospects for success?
Based on History, What Should We Expect During Joe Biden’s First 100 Days?
Drawing on historical lessons from prior presidential transitions and a close analysis of Biden’s team, this lecture will analyze the likely policies and actions of the new administration in its first 100 days, and beyond. The lecture will address expected health, economic, civil rights, military, and diplomatic actions in early 2021, and the probable effects. The lecture will examine how the continuation of the COVID crisis, partisanship, and foreign rivalries will influence Biden’s start. We will prepare for how the new president will change the country, and how his opponents will push back. From its first days, Joe Biden’s presidency will re-shape American democracy.
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Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the University’s Department of History and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. The author and editor of nine books on contemporary politics and foreign policy, his most recent is entitled: The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Office. In 2007, Smithsonian magazine named him one of America’s “Top Young Innovators” in the Arts and Sciences. In 2018, Suri received the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas, and the Pro Bene Meritis Award for Public Contributions to the Liberal Arts.