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File image from the G7 Summit in Cornwall, England on June 11, 2021 when the Build Back Better World initiative was unveiled. Patrick Semansky / POOL / AFP

Very few noticed, but June 12 saw an important milestone: the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the Biden administration’s Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative.

The plan drew on two kinds of connectivity. First, it was linked with Biden’s domestic Build Back Better Act, aimed at boosting infrastructure within the U.S., as B3W would expand physical infrastructure connectivity globally. Second, it was seen as a way to link democracies globally, to counter what Washington has characterized as creeping authoritarianism via China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Since its announcement, we’ve also seen the launch of the EU’s Global Gateway and the UK’s Clean Green Initiative (CGI) which would presumably work in tandem with the B3W.

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