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Cancel the Geneva Summit

The Hotel Restaurant des Aux-Vives which will host a June 16 summit between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, June 8, 2021. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters)

As President Biden begins his “America is back tour”— his first trip abroad as president — there’s been a lot of discussion about a Biden doctrine, the administration’s approach to alliances, and how it will work to maintain America’s role in the world post-pandemic. On a more tactical level, we’re seeing the emergence of a certain Biden playbook when it comes to engaging with authoritarian regimes.

Biden and other top officials have identified the authoritarian challenge to democratic institutions — a battle that Secretary of State Antony Blinken once referred to as a battle between techno-democracies and techno-autocracies — as the


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