List of Biden’s Foreign Policy articles
Biden’s Foreign Policy
Did Henry Kissinger Further U.S. National Interests or Harm Them?
The death of a legendary diplomat raises difficult questions about his legacy.
Bukele’s Bitcoin Mess and the U.S.-Backed Bank That Enabled It
The United States has supported the so-called dictators’ bank to rival China in Central America—and funded El Salvador’s authoritarian descent in the process.
This War Won’t Solve the Israel-Palestine Conflict
After all the death and destruction, the situation will be no closer to a resolution than it was before Oct. 7.
What Ecuador’s New President Needs from Washington—And Fast
The country’s youngest-ever leader has less than 18 months to govern before the next election.
Egyptian Dissidents Are the Collateral Damage of U.S. Support for Israel
Washington ignores Sisi’s human rights abuses in exchange for his enforcement of Gaza’s blockade.
U.S. Strikes Targets in Syria as Israel-Hamas War Escalates
While Israeli forces launch a new ground raid into Gaza, the United States goes after Iranian-backed militias.
The World Can’t Solve the Israel-Hamas War Without Egypt
Although it will prove a challenging partner, Cairo has critical interests and strong leverage in Gaza.
Biden Asks Congress for $105 Billion to Back Israel, Ukraine
Continued support for both wars is a matter of U.S. national security, the president said.
Biden’s Unquestioning Support for Israel Could Be a Costly Error
Washington’s tunnel vision risks eroding U.S. standing in the global south.
America Is a Root Cause of Israel and Palestine’s Latest War
How 30 years of U.S. policy ended in disaster.
David Petraeus: Why 9/11 Is a Cautionary Tale for Israel
The retired U.S. general and former CIA director on lessons from the war on terrorism and why military action is necessary—but not sufficient.
The Biden Administration Is Addicted to Partnerships
The inauspicious return of the Cold War strategy of “Pactomania.”
Iran Is Exploiting Divisions and U.S. Inaction in Iraqi Kurdistan
While Washington sits idly by, the region is on the brink of falling into Tehran’s orbit.
Washington Is Losing Credibility Over the Canada-India Spat
The Biden administration has refrained from issuing a strong statement about allegations that the Indian government was involved in the assassination of a Sikh activist.
The Biden Administration Is Dangerously Downplaying the Global Terrorism Threat
Today, there are more terror groups in existence, in more countries around the world, and with more territory under their control than ever before.
America’s Budget Dysfunction Has Geopolitical Costs
Congressional performance artists are holding U.S. foreign policy hostage.
Can the U.S. and China Cooperate on Green Technology Again?
A recent book makes the case for collaboration in an increasingly competitive industry.
Deadly Russian Missile Strike Clouds Blinken’s Kyiv Visit
The secretary of state’s trip was meant to signal continued U.S. support for Ukraine’s counteroffensive.
Can the U.S. Rewrite Its Tortured History of Aid to the Philippines?
A military long shaped by Washington’s priorities now needs to modernize.
Almost Nothing Is Worth a War Between the U.S. and China
Americans and Chinese have to rehumanize each other in terms of the way we conceive of our problems and engage.
Chinese Sanctions Enforcement Just Got Even Harder
A new campaign is blurring the lines of what’s implicated in forced labor.
Congress Seeks to Tighten Rules on Foreign Lobbying
There’s bipartisan support—but taking aim at the wrong problem.
Will Biden Finally Invite Netanyahu to the White House?
Seven months after the formation of the Israeli government, the prime minister still hasn’t been asked to visit Washington.
Prigozhin’s Failed Coup Was a Blessing in Disguise
In times of political instability, Washington prefers the nuclear devil it knows.
Anti-China Rhetoric Distracts Washington—and Boosts Beijing
Panic and fear should not drive U.S. foreign policy.
Will Erdogan Finally Ratify Sweden’s NATO Accession? No One Knows.
It is now a waiting game—and that’s how it should be.
Solving the Mystery of Henry Kissinger’s Reputation
The former secretary of state is a genius—just not at what you might think.
Why the U.S.-China ‘Cold War’ Framing Is So Dangerous
A Cold War crouch is inimical to a free, open, and flourishing society.
Are China and Russia Bad for Africa? That’s the Wrong Question.
Westerners should ask instead what kind of partnerships their own countries offer to the continent.
Why Does the U.S. Care More About Taiwan’s Democracy Than India’s?
The West’s urge to counter China shouldn’t mean ignoring democratic erosion among its own coalition members.
What Taiwan Can Learn from Honduras’s Switch to China
Taipei’s last diplomatic stand may well be in the Americas.
Can Harris’s Visit Shore Up U.S. Relations With Africa?
The vice president’s trip is the latest effort to counter Moscow’s and Beijing’s influence on the continent.
Saudi-Iranian Détente Is a Wake-Up Call for America
The peace plan is a big deal—and it’s no accident that China brokered it.
The U.S.-Israel Relationship No Longer Makes Sense
If Israel and its supporters want the country to continue receiving U.S. largesse, they will need to come up with a new narrative.
Incrementalism Is Throttling U.S. Support for Ukraine
Ad hoc, one-off decisions and lagging implementation are undermining the strategic effects of U.S. military assistance.
Taipei Fears Washington Is Weakening Its Silicon Shield
New U.S. policies are eroding Taiwan’s dominance of the global chip industry. Will that jeopardize the island’s security?
The U.S. Is Missing a Chance to Engage the Muslim World
Six years have passed without a special envoy. China and Russia will fill the void.
The U.S. Overreacted to the Chinese Spy Balloon. That Scares Me.
So unused to being challenged, the United States has become so filled with anxiety over China that sober responses are becoming nearly impossible.
Biden Wants to Compete With China in Latin America
But can he keep it up?
Biden Can’t Ignore America’s Role in Brazil’s Insurrection
As the U.S. president hosts Lula, they must commit to defending democracy together.
Why I Have Hope for Bipartisan Progress on U.S. Foreign Policy
Rhetoric aside, most congressional Republicans and Democrats agree on the key national security challenges the United States faces.
Spoiler Alert: Foreign Policy Won’t Be a U.S. Election Issue
The U.S. president’s State of the Union speech emphasized populism and protectionism, not global affairs. It must be election season already.
5 Ways Biden Can Thread the Needle With Israel’s New Coalition
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new right-wing government presents the Biden administration with some unpalatable and inconvenient choices.
Biden Is About to Have His Hands Full in the Middle East
Iran and Israel may set Washington’s agenda for the next two years.
Congrats, You’re a Member of Congress. Now Listen Up.
Some brief foreign-policy advice for the newest members of the U.S. legislature.
Biden’s Half-Hearted Policy Towards Southeast Asia
Washington has stepped up its game in the region but is constrained by its unwillingness to do trade deals.
In Biden’s Shadow, Progressives Are Forging Their Own Foreign-Policy Agenda
The incoming class of House Democrats is set to be one of the most progressive ever.
5 Ways the U.S.-China Cold War Will Be Different From the Last One
Guardrails and statesmanship will be even more important this time around.
The United States Couldn’t Stop Being Stupid if It Wanted To
For Washington, self-imposed restraint will always be a contradiction in terms.
A New U.S. Approach in Africa: Good Governance, Not Guns
The U.S. counterterrorism strategy in Africa isn’t working, and it hasn’t for decades. It’s time for a new approach.
How a GOP-Led House Can Strengthen U.S. Foreign Policy
Republicans in Congress can help sharpen the Biden administration’s cautious internationalism and work to restore decisive U.S. global leadership.
How U.S. Support for Syrian Kurds Actually Benefits Erdogan
Washington’s relationship with the YPG is a useful foil for the Turkish president ahead of the 2023 election.
U.S. Midterm Results Are a Net Plus for National Security
As Trumpism deflates, internationalist Republicans will press the Biden administration on China, defense, and trade.
Democrats and Republicans Agree That America Is Always Right
Washington can no longer afford its self-defeating “with us or against us” attitude.
Could Venture Capital Be the New Frontier in Great-Power Competition?
In the era of great-power competition, America’s Frontier Fund aims to harness venture capital to advance U.S. strategic interests.
Is Biden’s National Security Strategy a Match for a Chaotic World?
The long-awaited document leaves more questions than answers about the White House’s approach to global crises.
Trump Was Far From the Most Pro-Israel U.S. President Ever
In many ways, Trump’s actions weakened both Israel’s security and that of the Jewish community in the United States.
Ukraine Is the World’s Foreign-Policy Rorschach Test
There are two basic ways to think about the war—and the world.
How to See the World Like the Biden Administration
The new U.S. National Security Strategy is a guide to protecting a liberal world under chronic threat.
What Asia Gets From Biden’s New National Security Strategy
Washington commits to the Indo-Pacific—and tempers democracy promotion in order to win partners against China.
Biden’s New National Security Strategy: A Lot of Trump, Very Little Obama
A renewed focus on great-power rivalry ratifies a sea change in U.S. thinking.
How JFK Sacrificed Adlai Stevenson and the Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis
The standoff 60 years ago has newfound relevance as Russian President Vladimir Putin threatens to deploy nukes in Ukraine.
Biden’s White House Finally Unveils Its National Security Strategy
Check Russia, fend off China, boost the middle class—the paper has everything, including some tensions.
Saudi Arabia Is Not a U.S. Ally. Biden Should Stop Treating It Like One.
With the OPEC+ production cut, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made it clear he’ll do as he pleases, regardless of U.S. objections or interests.
On 9/11 Anniversary, End the Self-Delusion About America’s Enemies
Al Qaeda once again has a safe haven in Afghanistan, endangering Americans.
Here’s What Biden’s New National Security Strategy Should Say
Tossed and rewritten after Russia invaded Ukraine, the document still hasn’t been released.
A Third U.S. Delegation Lands in Taiwan Amid Deepening Ties
Indiana’s governor follows in the footsteps of other national lawmakers led by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
More Weapons Won’t Solve Nigeria’s Security Crisis
A nearly $1 billion U.S. arms sale to the country will promote further violence.
Biden’s Historic Climate Bill Needs Smart Foreign Policy
The White House’s crowning domestic policy achievement can’t reach its full potential without engaging the world.
With Finland and Sweden in NATO, the U.S. Can Finally Pivot to the Pacific
Washington has a golden opportunity to finally do less in Europe.
Biden Needs Architects, Not Mechanics, to Fix U.S. Foreign Policy
As the U.S. midterms near, Washington is plagued by groupthink and a lack of vision that prevents creative solutions to the problems of a new era.
The United States Doesn’t Need to Recommit to the Middle East
The Biden administration is reportedly considering a formal defense agreement with the UAE. Here’s why it shouldn’t.
Why America’s Far Right and Far Left Have Aligned Against Helping Ukraine
The discourse surrounding Russia’s war on Ukraine has created strange bedfellows.
‘Will I See a Gay President in My Lifetime? Absolutely.’
James Kirchick chronicles how the persecution of gay men in Washington tragically altered 20th-century foreign policy.
U.S. Restraint Has Created an Unstable and Dangerous World
Decades of ignoring the menaces posed by Russia and China has led the West to a precipice.