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To mark the halfway point in U.S. President Joe Biden’s first term in office, Foreign Policy asked 20 experts to grade his administration’s performance on relationships with Russia and China, as well as on issues such as defense, democracy, and immigration. The assessments ranged all the way from A- to a failing grade. But more broadly, is there a way to define his administration’s agenda? Is there a Biden doctrine?

FP’s Ravi Agrawal spoke to experts with very different perspectives for insights. Nadia Schadlow was a deputy national security advisor in the Trump administration and is now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. Stephen Wertheim is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a longtime advocate for ending so-called forever wars. Perhaps surprisingly, Wertheim was more critical of Biden’s foreign policy—specifically on China—than was Schadlow. Is that because Biden has largely doubled down on former President Donald Trump’s China policies?

Watch the interview or read the condensed transcript to find out.

Stephen Wertheim explains how U.S. President Joe Biden’s overall foreign-policy vision is a tale of two different Bidens.

Stephen Wertheim explains his concerns over transparency regarding where U.S. objectives in the war in Ukraine lie and how it ends.

Nadia Schadlow breaks down where there are problems in Biden’s handling of the war in Ukraine and where his administration has taken the right approach.

Stephen Wertheim

Senior fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Stephen Wertheim is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Nadia Schadlow

Senior fellow, Hudson Institute

Nadia Schadlow is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former U.S. deputy national security advisor for strategy during the Trump administration.

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Ravi Agrawal

Editor in chief, Foreign Policy

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