President-elect Joe Biden is due to begin his term as US president on 20 January 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and heightened security concerns, his inauguration is likely to look different to those before. This article outlines some key information about presidential inaugurations in the US and looks at how recent events may impact this year’s ceremony.

The Government has used the phrase ‘Global Britain’ since the EU referendum in 2016 to summarise its post-Brexit foreign policy. It has said the Integrated Security, Defence and Foreign Policy Review, set to conclude early this year, will expand on its vision for the UK’s place in the world. In November 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the first outcome of this review would be an increase in defence spending over the current parliament.