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Is There a Biden Doctrine?
January 20, 2022 | 11 AM ET
War looms in Ukraine. The pandemic continues its deadly spread. Tensions with China escalate. And Washington seems more dysfunctional than ever. U.S. President Joe Biden has had crises thrown his way from Kabul to Kyiv. Amid the chaos, has a coherent foreign policy emerged? Jack and Robbie give their report card on Biden’s first year, drawing on interviews with dozens of foreign dignitaries and experts.
Amelia Lester Executive Editor, Foreign Policy
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January 13, 2022
FP Live: Is Russia Going to War in Ukraine (Again)?
High-level talks between the United States and Russia this week haven’t altered Washington’s perception that Moscow may invade Ukraine. But what are the calculations behind Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ultimate decision? What could stop him? What cards do Washington, Kyiv, and Brussels still have to play? Join FP Editor-in-Chief Ravi Agrawal for a discussion with Amy Mackinnon and former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.
November 18, 2021
SitRep Live: How Many Crises Are Too Many for Biden?
Showdowns with China over Taiwan, war in Ethiopia, Russia’s worrying new military buildup near Ukraine’s borders. Join SitRep’s Jack Detsch and Robbie Gramer for a look at the U.S. response to rolling crises around the world—and how this fits with Biden’s plans for a proactive foreign-policy agenda.
October 29, 2021
SitRep Live: Biden and His Friends
September 17, 2021
UNGA 2021: The FP Preview
It's like the Superbowl for diplomats. Hundreds of world leaders, top diplomats, and business executives are convening for the United Nations' annual General Assembly in September, partly in person and partly virtually amid pandemic concerns. Join FP reporters Colum Lynch and Robbie Gramer as they provide a sneak peek on the biggest diplomatic event of the year. From Biden's agenda to U.N. campaigns on climate change and refugees, they'll open up their reporter's notebooks to take you inside the planning and priorities for the 76th annual U.N. General Assembly.
August 18, 2021
FP Live: What’s Next for Afghanistan?
Now that the Taliban have taken over Kabul, what does the future of Afghanistan look like? What role can the United States still play? What about China, India, Iran, and Pakistan? Join FP editor-in-chief Ravi Agrawal for a conversation with correspondent Lynne O’Donnell, who left Kabul right after the city fell (and after filing this dispatch for FP), and Ashley Jackson, co-director of the Centre for the Study of Armed Groups at the Overseas Development Institute.
July 26, 2021
SitRep Live: Can Europe Make Nice With a Post-Trump America?
U.S. President Joe Biden has been getting a warm reception from European leaders since he took office, but with differences emerging between the United States and European Union on major foreign-policy issues, how long is the honeymoon going to last? SitRep’s Jack Detsch and Robbie Gramer are back, in conversation with FP's executive editor Amelia Lester, to give subscribers the inside scoop about the key sticking points dividing the White House and European capitals. And, as always, they’ll also have new nuggets and stories to share from their reporters’ notebooks.
July 15, 2021
The New Economics Playbook
After the financial crisis and COVID-19, decades of economic orthodoxy are being thrown out as the world rearranges itself. For our summer issue, and to help us think about what comes next, FP asked leading economists and thinkers to describe the new, post-pandemic era. We also asked them to give it a name. FP Senior Advisor Antoine Van Agtmael, who coined the term "emerging markets," has done it again with his pithy summation of the West's conviction that it can spend itself out of trouble: Fuzzynomics. As governments try out novel ways to contain the pressures of inflation, Professor Stephanie Kelton dubs this The Experimental Economy. And FP Senior Correspondent Mike Hirsh offers up Bidenomics, a new form of economic nationalism. Don't miss these guests in conversation with FP’s editor-in-chief Ravi Agrawal on how to define these unprecedented times.
June 24, 2021
The U.S. Just Can’t Quit Afghanistan
The clock is ticking on the Biden administration’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan—and its counterterrorism game plan. SitRep’s Jack and Robbie are back for another call to fill subscribers in on the key debates at the White House, in the Pentagon, and on Capitol Hill as America’s longest war comes to an end. They’ll also take your questions on all things national security and diplomacy, and share some juicy tidbits from their notebooks.
June 17, 2021
Iran Votes: What the election means for Tehran and the world
Voters in the Islamic Republic of Iran head to the polls on Friday, June 18. Experts say the winner is all but pre-determined: Ebrahim Raisi, a favorite of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei. But what will new leadership in Iran mean for the country’s politics? What will it mean for regional dynamics? And what implications will there be for negotiations over a nuclear deal with the United States and Europe? Listen to FP’s Editor-in-Chief Ravi Agrawal's conversation with Iran experts Dina Esfandiary and Karim Sadjadpour that happened on June 17 at 11 a.m. EDT to find out.
May 20, 2021
So, How's that Asia Pivot Going?
In this inaugural SitRep call, Jack Detsch and Robbie Gramer take an inside look at the Biden administration's plans to confront China globally, from Pentagon budget wars to what a superpower on the move means for the Middle East. They'll also answer audience questions and share some exclusive nuggets from their reporters' notebooks.
April 14, 2021
FP Conference Call: The Elections Shaping Latin America in 2021
This year, nine countries in Latin America will hold elections, many including a presidential vote. With elections happening this month in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia, FP invites you to join us to explore the potential ramifications of this year’s voting in Latin America. How has COVID-19 impacted voters? What can these elections tell us about the direction of politics in Latin America? Join FP’s executive editor Amelia Lester and Latin America Brief author Catherine Osborn on Wednesday, April 14th for immediate reactions to recent elections and a look ahead to those later this year.
March 5, 2021
South Asia in 2021: The Road Ahead for Afghanistan, India, and Their Neighbors
Will the Biden administration withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan? Will India and Pakistan abide by their new ceasefire? And how will South Asia’s eight economies bounce back from the pandemic? Join FP’s new South Asia Brief newsletter writer, the Wilson Center’s Michael Kugelman, and Editor in Chief Ravi Agrawal, as they discuss all these issues and more, in a conversation moderated by Executive Editor Amelia Lester.
February 23, 2021
FP Insider Briefing: Semiconductors and U.S.-China Tech Competition
This event will mark the launch of FP Analytics’ latest Insider report “Semiconductors and the U.S.-China Innovation Race: Geopolitics of the Supply Chain and the Central Role of Taiwan.” Join FP Analytics Managing Director Allison Carlson and Policy Fellow Helen You, plus leading technology and policy experts, for a live and interactive conversation in which they highlight the report’s most critical findings.
February 5, 2021
A New Chapter: Biden’s First Foreign-Policy Speech, Decoded
President Joe Biden will deliver his first major address on foreign policy in a visit to the State Department this week. Following his remarks, join Foreign Policy as we explore what was—and wasn't—said, and what his speech can tell us about his priorities abroad. FP's editor in chief Ravi Agrawal will moderate a conversation with Michael Hirsh, FP's senior correspondent, and Elise Labott, a journalist and adjunct professor at American University.
January 26, 2021
Washington's New Guard
Join Foreign Policy's Pentagon and Diplomacy reporters, Robbie Gramer and Jack Detsch, for an inside scoop on the new faces of the Biden administration, and what they're likely to do with their first days in office. This special Conference Call will be hosted by FP's new Executive Editor Amelia Lester.
January 14, 2021
Foreign Policy at 50
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Foreign Policy magazine. To celebrate its half-century as one of the world's most influential publications on international affairs, FP's editor-at-large Jonathan Tepperman will join FP contributors Daniel Drezner of Tufts University and Charli Carpenter of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in a look back at some of FP's best—and worst—ideas over the years, and a look forward toward what's to come for FP and U.S. foreign policy.
January 12, 2021
Race for the Arctic
Changes in the Arctic are enabling access to a range of highly valuable resources across the region. With new players, commercial relationships, and extensive military buildup emerging, there has been an increase in international tensions surrounding the Arctic. Join Foreign Policy and FP Analytics as they host a discussion with experts on the region in this exclusive FP Insider Briefing. This call will feature key findings and takeaways from the Arctic Competition Power Map.
December 14, 2020
The World Next Year
What international issues are likely to dominate the year ahead, and how well is the incoming Biden administration likely to handle them? Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America, and Daniel Franklin, Executive and Diplomatic Editor at The Economist, joined Foreign Policy Editor at Large Jonathan Tepperman for a conversation on what to expect around the globe in 2021.
November 13, 2020
Understanding the Election: What It Means for the World
The 2020 U.S. presidential election was, in many ways, a global one. What are the foreign-policy implications of Joe Biden's victory, and what will it mean for key countries around the world? Foreign Policy editor in chief Jonathan Tepperman was joined by Edward Luce, U.S. national editor and columnist at the Financial Times, and Kori Schake, director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.
November 6, 2020
Understanding the Election: What It Means for America
Foreign Policy editor in chief Jonathan Tepperman was joined by Timothy Naftali, CNN presidential historian, and Rana Foroohar, global business columnist at the Financial Times, for a wide-ranging discussion on the domestic policy and economic implications of the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.
October 26, 2020
Foreign Policy for a New Era? A Conversation With Pete Buttigieg
Join Foreign Policy editor in chief Jonathan Tepperman and former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg for a wide-ranging discussion of how U.S. foreign policy must be adapted to meet current and coming challenges.
October 16, 2020
Tackling the Pandemic: A Data-Driven Analysis of COVID-19 Policy Responses
Foreign Policy and FP Analytics hosted a special Insider Briefing on the COVID-19 Global Response Index, a first-of-its-kind assessment of national leaders’ responses to the coronavirus crisis in key policy areas. Global public policy officials,—including Raji Tajudeen, head, Division of Public Health Institutes and Research, Africa CDC, and Søren Brostrøm, director-general of the Danish Health Authority—contributing experts, and FP Analytics project team leaders discussed the Index methodology and the range of data contributing to countries' scores; recent changes in governments' responses to the pandemic; and highlighted insights from countries more effectively combatting the coronavirus.
July 31, 2020
Will This Time Be Different?
Though we're far from the end of the COVID crisis, experts and leaders around the world are beginning to ponder how to use the pandemic to press for deep, sweeping political, economic, and social reforms that can't muster the necessary support during normal times. Foreign Policy editor in chief Jonathan Tepperman spoke with two authors from our summer print issue: Sheri Berman, who wrote on when crises actually produce positive change—and when they don't, and why. And Yale’s Oona Hathaway takes on the question of how the world can fill the leadership gap now that Washington has abandoned its traditional role.
May 8, 2020
Supply Chains in a Deglobalized World
Even before the novel coronavirus hit, rising protectionism and trade tensions were weakening globalization. Now the pandemic is shattering international supply chains that took decades to build. What impact will these changes have on the economy and on international relations more broadly? And what can be done to restore or replace supply chains once the crisis is over? Editor in chief Jonathan Tepperman spoke with Elisabeth Braw, FP columnist and the director of the Modern Deterrence project at the Royal United Services Institute, and Shannon K. O’Neil, the Nelson and David Rockefeller senior fellow for Latin America studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
April 10, 2020
How is the Pandemic Affecting Oil Markets?
Global oil prices are plummeting because of the coronavirus crisis and a destabilizing price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, two of the world's largest producers. As the White House sends mixed messages and economic disruptions spread, FP explores these recent developments and their impact on oil markets. FP editor in chief Jonathan Tepperman was joined in conversation with Jason Bordoff, founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University and a former special assistant to President Barack Obama and senior director on the staff of the National Security Council, and Helima Croft, managing director and global head of commodity strategy at RBC Capital Markets.
March 3, 2020
Understanding the Afghan Peace Deal
Violence has returned in Afghanistan — just days after the United States and the Taliban agreed to a peace deal. What happens now? And what does it mean for the future of the region? Foreign Policy editor in chief Jonathan Tepperman and experts Peter Bergen, a national security analyst and vice president at New America, and Husain Haqqani, senior fellow and director for South and Central Asia at Hudson Institute, take your questions.
January 3, 2020
Understanding the Implications of Suleimani’s Assassination
The U.S. killing of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani could mark the most dangerous escalation of tensions in the Middle East since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Join Foreign Policy editor in chief Jonathan Tepperman, along with Phil Gordon, a former White House point man on the Middle East, and Brookings' Suzanne Maloney, for a discussion of what happened, why, and what's likely to come next.
November 19, 2019
A World on Fire: Understanding the Global Youth Protests
Youth protests are flaring across the world, from Hong Kong to the Middle East to the Americas. But what links these movements, and what kind of impact will they have? Join Foreign Policy’s editor in chief Jonathan Tepperman, along with a panel of notable specialists, for a discussion of the motivations and implications of the rising wave of street demonstrations.
September 19, 2019
What to Watch at This Year’s UNGA
Diplomats and world leaders will convene in New York next week for the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Top of the complex agenda is a high-level—and high-stakes—dialogue on the most pressing global issues, including climate change, global health and world security. Join Foreign Policy editor in chief Jonathan Tepperman and senior U.N. correspondent Colum Lynch for an exclusive conversation on what they’ll be watching for at UNGA.
July 24, 2019
D.C. Diplomacy in the Age of Trump
As underscored by the controversy following the leak of critical comments by Kim Darroch, the U.K. ambassador to the United States, conducting diplomacy in Washington has never been more difficult. Join FP's editor in chief, Jonathan Tepperman, as he discusses the challenges with former French Ambassador to the U.S. Gérard Araud and former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan.
May 29, 2019
The Impact of India’s General Election
The world’s biggest election is over and Narendra Modi’s BJP has won. Find out what this means for the region with Jonathan Tepperman, Foreign Policy’s editor in chief; Ravi Agrawal, Foreign Policy’s managing editor; and Milan Vaishnav, director and senior fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.