Can U.S. President Joe Biden really support Ukraine against Russia for “as long as it takes,” as he has pledged? Congressional support for this aid has largely been bipartisan and wide-ranging, but Ron DeSantis and other leading Republicans are beginning to question whether the United States is prepared to keep it up. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Moscow, as the competition between the United States and China intensifies and the diplomatic relationship dives to a new low.
Heading into a possible reelection year, FP’s reporters discussed if and how Biden can juggle these substantial foreign-policy issues—and how the campaign trail might change things. They also talked about the budget and what it reveals about the administration’s foreign-policy agenda.
Tune in for the inside scoop and watch FP’s reporters in conversation with the magazine’s executive editor, Amelia Lester.
Amy Mackinnon discusses whether Beijing is considering sending lethal aid to Ukraine while it simultaneously attempts to play peace broker and mediator between Ukraine and Russia.
FP’s Robbie Gramer offers insider insights on how the Biden administration views China’s attempts to play mediator and global peacemaker in various regional conflicts.
Jack Detsch explains how Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s statement on the war in Ukraine being a “territorial dispute” and not a vital U.S. national security interest could change the debate in the United States about providing aid to Ukraine.
Jack Detsch is Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter. He was previously a staff writer at Al-Monitor, covering intelligence and defense.
Robbie Gramer is a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy, covering the U.S. State Department. Before he joined FP in 2016, he managed the NATO portfolio at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think tank, for three years.
Amy Mackinnon is a national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy. She has reported from across Eastern Europe and was previously based in Moscow and Tbilisi, Georgia, as a senior editor for the crisis reporting site Coda Story.
Executive editor, Foreign Policy
Amelia Lester is the executive editor at Foreign Policy. She has worked as a journalist on three continents, most recently reporting in Japan for publications including the Economist, the New York Times, and the New York Review of Books. Previously, she was the editor in chief of the Sydney Morning Herald’s and Melbourne’s Age weekend magazine, and before that, she was managing editor and an executive editor at the New Yorker. Lester lives in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of Harvard University.