Situation Report

Biden, Harris, and others walk at the Pentagon.

The Pentagon’s Budget Wish List

Biden wants to solidify the pivot to Asia. Congress might have other ideas.

Biden addresses Congress at the Capitol.

Washington’s Blind Spots on Foreign-Policy Crises

Everyone in Washington seems to be focused on China. But here are some brewing crises that could flare up when they’re not looking.

Biden addresses Congress at the Capitol.

Biden Goes Off-Script on China

The U.S. president’s first 100 days in office show foreign policy is (nearly) all about domestic policy.

U.S. soldiers stand guard as U.S. President Donald Trump makes a visit to their airbase.

The U.S. Never Can Say Goodbye to Afghanistan

The Pentagon is going to need more firepower to pull out U.S. troops.

Biden speaks about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in the White House.

U.S. Bucks Won’t Stop in Afghanistan

Biden administration officials have said U.S. troops are leaving the battlefield in Afghanistan, but the U.S. aid spigot won’t end.

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. 

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