Foreign Policy Playlist

In Washington, Personnel Is Policy



What President Biden’s picks for top foreign-policy jobs reveal about his approach to the world.

This week on Foreign Policy Playlist we feature a conversation with two of our own reporters, Robbie Gramer and Jack Detsch, discussing the senior appointments U.S. President Joe Biden has made in departments and agencies across Washington. His choices tell us a lot about the course Biden will chart on foreign-policy issues in the coming years. Gramer and Detsch spoke with Foreign Policy’s executive editor, Amelia Lester, on a recent conference call for Foreign Policy subscribers. 

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About Foreign Policy Playlist:  We’re rolling out a new podcast called Foreign Policy Playlist. We hope you’ll give it a listen. Each week, Foreign Policy’s national security and intelligence reporter Amy Mackinnon will recommend one podcast from around the world and play an excerpt.  The curated show is designed to help listeners interested in the things we are—great stories, compelling interviews, and cogent analysis on international affairs—sort through the overwhelming variety of podcasts out there and find the best ones. And occasionally you’ll hear audio from our own newsroom.  FP Playlist replaces our flagship podcast First Person. You can download a new episode each Wednesday on Apple, Spotify, and all the other usual places.  See All Episodes


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