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The first 100 days mark an important point in any presidency. After more than three months in office, Joe Biden’s administration has moved forward on its domestic and foreign policy agenda with confidence. Yet the daunting challenges and complex decisions facing the U.S. president have become clearer. The judgment calls made now will set the stage for the next four years.

Biden took office at a moment in which the power and example of U.S. democracy seemed to hang in the balance. Americans faced political polarization and extremism at home, the ravages of the coronavirus, and a shifting landscape of great-power competition abroad. The president must judge how best to handle the rise of China, Washington’s costly entanglements in the Middle East and Afghanistan, the wreckage of the Iran nuclear deal, and the global climate crisis. He must steer a course through the United States’ complicated relationships with its overseas adversaries and allies alike.

In this compendium, scholars from across Carnegie’s global network—from Latin America to Europe and Russia—share their insight into Biden’s first 100 days in office—and what they mean for the rest of his presidency.