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U.S. President Joe Biden leaves after an event at the South Court Auditorium at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on April 7.

Has Biden Shut the Door on Open Skies?

Three months into Biden’s presidency, some consistent themes remain from Trump’s tenure.

Ukrainian servicemen stand in position on the front line.

Russia Escalates Conflict in Ukraine

Is Moscow’s muscle-flexing a show of force or a renewal of the war?

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook visit the National Cemetery in Seoul on March 18.

Team Biden’s Asia Tour Shows Alliances Aren’t Easy

Austin and Blinken are trying to get U.S. allies in the region on the same page. It’s easier said than done.

Biden and Xi attend a meeting in 2012.

Biden Team Pivots to Asia

The U.S. president’s foreign-policy staff hopes to make the pivot real with an early trip to the region.

US soldiers from 1st Regiment 320 Field Artillary 101st Airbourne stand guard outside COP Stout before the opening ceremony for a newly completed mosque in the village of Tarok Kolache in southern Kandahar province on April 1, 2011 where the US military is funding its rebuilding.

Corruption in Afghanistan as ‘Big a Threat’ as Taliban

Congress and watchdogs aren’t pleased about billions of wasted taxpayer dollars in the so-called forever wars.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visits National Guard troops deployed at the Capitol on Jan. 29.

The New ‘Forever War’: Pentagon Takes on Extremism

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has given the U.S. military instructions to deal with white supremacy as extremists target new recruits in the ranks.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about foreign policy at the State Department in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 4.

Biden’s National Security Council Sharpens Focus on China

The council’s Indo-Pacific Directorate is set to be the largest, and one of the most influential, arms of Biden’s national security team, administration insiders say.

A fighter in Yemen stands atop a tank.

Pressure Mounts on Biden to Cancel Billions More in Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. president has already halted some arms sales to the Gulf. How he handles the rest will be a bellwether for progressives’ sway over his foreign policy.

Military personnel unload M1 Abrams tanks ahead of a U.S.-led military exercise with NATO allies in Bremerhaven, Germany, on Feb. 21, 2020.

The Post-Trump Reset With NATO Starts in Germany

The Biden administration has paused Trump’s plan to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Germany, an early move to reassure allies. 

Then President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden step off their airplane after arriving at Joint Base Andrews the day before he was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States January 19, 2021 at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.

Biden’s Biggest Foreign-Policy Headaches

The U.S.-Saudi relationship and increased Chinese pressure on Taiwan are just two of the and other vexing problems for the new president.

Antony Blinken speaks before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of State in Washington on Jan. 19.

Changing of the Guard

Biden’s cabinet nominees have made a lot of promises in their Senate confirmation hearings. Whether they keep them will define the president’s foreign-policy legacy.

Surrounded by fellow House Republican members, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on May 27 in Washington.

The Future of Republican Foreign-Policy Making

What the growing post-Trump divide within the party means for its policy platform.

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces, as they storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

Trump’s Enablers Face Violent Reckoning

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Trump will “deservedly be left a man without a country.”

Iranians set a US and an Israeli flag on fire during a funeral procession in Tehran on Jan. 6 for military commander Qassem Suleimani, Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and others killed by a U.S. attack.

The Biggest National Security Stories of the Year

From a showdown with Iran to Trump’s loyalty tests, some of 2020’s major stories will have ripple effects for the Biden administration.

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