JERUSALEM — This is international diplomacy in the Biden era, also known as POTUS.
A few months ago, he traveled to Asia and after abandoning the TPP, he tried to form the IPEF and met with the Quartet. After returning home, he traveled to Los Angeles to host SOA with the Organization of American States, and then to Europe, where he met with the G7 and NATO.
Now, on his first trip to the Middle East as president, he is trying to reassure Israel that Iran is in talks with P5+1, also known as EC+3, and discusses forming MEAD to defend against drones. He will then have his first virtual meeting with I2U2. Finally, he will travel to Saudi Arabia to meet with GCC+3, while quietly seeking a little more cooperation with OPEC Plus.
The alphabet soup of modern diplomacy has long needed a menu to keep up with the ingredients. But even as Washington tries to stop the spread of nuclear weapons around the world, it has done nothing to stop the proliferation of new clusters of nations and the acronyms that come with them. In fact, while Mr Biden didn’t invent the jargon of international relations, he was adding it in a decent way.
Take IPEF as an example.this represents Indo-Pacific Economic Frameworkhe launched a new trade bloc with a dozen countries During his trip to Korea and Japan in MayAcknowledging this is politically untenable rejoin TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a broader but controversial trade pact negotiated by President Barack Obama when Biden was vice president. Mr. Biden did not create SOA or the Summit of the Americas, the national gathering from the Organization of American States or the Organization of American States, but he is the first president to preside over it in nearly three decades.
In the Middle East, he is leading a new alliance between Israel and its Arab neighbors called Middle East Alliance for Air Defense (MEAD)which will synchronize various systems to defend against Iranian rockets, missiles, and yes, drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (read: drones).
On Thursday, he hosted the opening session of a new alliance, I2U2, which sounds like a “Star Wars” droid, but is actually Israel, India, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. (Two are and two us, get it?)
Mr. Biden then traveled to Saudi Arabia on Friday, in the most politically turbulent moment of the trip. It’s not a TGIF to him.