Monday 23 October 2017

Joe Biden has a new job - just 19 days after leaving the White House

Vice President Joe Biden speaks onstage at the GILT and Ashley Biden celebration of the launch of exclusive Livelihood Collection at Spring Place on February 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for GILT)
Vice President Joe Biden speaks onstage at the GILT and Ashley Biden celebration of the launch of exclusive Livelihood Collection at Spring Place on February 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for GILT)
Vice President Joe Biden speaks onstage at the GILT and Ashley Biden celebration of the launch of exclusive Livelihood Collection at Spring Place on February 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for GILT)
Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden, Livelihood founder Ashley Biden, and Gilt & Saks OFF 5TH President Jonathan Greller attend the GILT and Ashley Biden celebration of the launch of exclusive Livelihood Collection at Spring Place on February 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for GILT)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Former US vice-president Joe Biden already has two new gigs on his CV - just 19 days out of the Oval Office.

Biden is now a professor at the University of Pennsylvania where he is teaching students international diplomacy, foreign policy and national security.

The Pennsylvania-born politician will be based in Washington, but will also have an office at the campus in Philadelphia.

"Joe Biden is one of the greatest statesmen of our times," university president Amy Gutmann on his appointment.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks onstage at the GILT and Ashley Biden celebration of the launch of exclusive Livelihood Collection at Spring Place on February 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for GILT)
Vice President Joe Biden speaks onstage at the GILT and Ashley Biden celebration of the launch of exclusive Livelihood Collection at Spring Place on February 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for GILT)

"In his distinguished career of service to our nation, he has demonstrated a unique capacity to bring people together across divides and to craft constructive responses to some of the toughest and most important policy challenges of our day."

He will also serve as the founding chair at University of Delaware's Biden Institute, a new research and policy centre.

Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden, Livelihood founder Ashley Biden, and Gilt & Saks OFF 5TH President Jonathan Greller attend the GILT and Ashley Biden celebration of the launch of exclusive Livelihood Collection at Spring Place on February 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for GILT)
Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden, Livelihood founder Ashley Biden, and Gilt & Saks OFF 5TH President Jonathan Greller attend the GILT and Ashley Biden celebration of the launch of exclusive Livelihood Collection at Spring Place on February 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for GILT)

University President Dennis Assanis said they were "very excited" about the new relationship with Biden.

"We’re very excited about this new relationship with Joe Biden, one of our most distinguished and loyal alumni," he said.

"His vast experience as a public servant for more than 40 years will bring an important focus to many domestic policy matters to enhance the broader portfolio of programs within our school of public policy."

The 74-year-old served in the US Senate from 1973 to 2009 and was President Obama’s right-hand man for his full eight years in office.

The career move comes as Biden admitted to reporters he could not rule out a fourth run for president and is planning to run in 2020.

Meanwhile, in his last major speech before leaving office, Biden described Russia as the biggest threat to the international liberal order and said Moscow would try to influence looming elections in Europe as it is accused of doing in the United States.

"Under President Putin, Russia is working with every tool available to them to whittle away at the edges of the European project, test the fault lines of western nations and return to a politics defined by spheres of influence," Biden told the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

"With many countries in Europe slated to hold elections this year, we should expect further attempts by Russia to meddle in the democratic process. It will occur again, I promise you. And again the purpose is clear: to collapse the liberal international order," Biden said.

Additional reporting: Reuters

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