Joe Biden

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden gives a thumbs-up as he leaves Pennsylvania Hospital after a follow up appointment at the radiology department December 12 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Why Biden thinks the way he does about foreign policy, what the future holds for an America on the brink, and what the Cold War policy of containment means for our current moment—all from our latest magazine issue.

William Burns, the then-undersecretary of state for political affairs, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on March 17, 2011.

Under Burns, the CIA Gets a New Focus

Biden’s pick for the agency’s director shows that diplomacy is back.

A photo proof from the Toronto Star archives of John Kenneth Galbraith 
on Dec. 29, 1972.

America Abandoned Its Economic Prophet. The World Embraced Him.

John Kenneth Galbraith was an intellectual celebrity 50 years ago—and it would be a mistake to ignore him today.

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How to Restore U.S. Credibility in Africa

By standing up for democracy and free trade, the United States can outflank China and Russia, its authoritarian rivals on the continent.

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A New Pivot to Asia

The fuzzy goodwill between Biden and America’s Asian allies will soon be tested by China’s growing power.

Joe Biden in Washington on Dec. 14., 2017.

Inside Joe Biden’s Foreign-Policy Worldview

The next U.S. president isn’t an intellectual—and that’s a good thing.

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Foreign Policy Begins at Home

The best way for Biden and Harris to build better partnerships abroad is to get America’s own house in order—and that begins with human rights.

The author’s essay in the Winter 1970-71 inaugural issue of Foreign Policy.

Grave New World

Why Biden’s job will be so much harder than his predecessors’.

The headquarters of Danske Bank, under investigation for money laundering, in Copenhagen on Sept. 25, 2018.

Biden Can’t Fight Corruption Without Help From Europe

To stop drug traffickers, criminals, and kleptocrats from laundering their loot, the United States and EU must join forces.

Gen. Lloyd Austin prepares to testify before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, on Sept. 16, 2015.

Now Is a Bad Time to Weaken Civilian Control Over the Military

Biden’s nomination of a retired general to head the Pentagon reinforces a dangerous trend. His confirmation must come with concrete safeguards.

The Asia Group  chairman and CEO Kurt Campbell attends the China Development Forum in Beijing on March 23, 2019.

Biden Makes His First Bold Move on Asia

The appointment of Kurt Campbell as Biden’s right hand on Asia will supercharge the incoming administration’s policy to counter China.

A staff member positions an Iranian flag on a stage after a group picture during the Iran nuclear talks at Vienna International Centre in Austria on July 14, 2015.

With Iran, Biden Can’t Let Perfect Be the Enemy of Good

Why any new agreement would likely be worse than resuscitating the existing deal.

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Biden Can’t Make Washington a Beacon for Human Rights by Returning to Business as Usual

The world stepped up while the United States stepped back from defending human rights. The next U.S. president should join them.

Members of the National Guard patrol outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on Jan 12.

All the Capitol Rioters Should be Tracked Down

But not in ways that will only further entrench the surveillance state.

As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden exits after delivering remarks on the Trump administrations recent actions in Iran and Iraq in New York on Jan. 07, 2020.

How Biden Can Help Prevent War on Iran—Right Now

Law and precedent bar the new administration from diplomacy before Inauguration Day. But that doesn’t mean its hands are tied.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

Our Top Weekend Reads

An opportunity for Biden, populism’s online fires, and the need for transitional justice.

A protester waves the Sahrawi flag in front of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Madrid on Dec. 10, 2020.

Biden Can Backtrack on Trump’s Move in Western Sahara

Labeling the Polisario Front a separatist insurgency rather than anti-occupation movement sets a dangerous precedent. But there’s also no strategic reason Biden can’t back away from Trump’s brash turn on day one.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum reinstating sanctions on Iran after the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal at the White House in Washington on May 8, 2018.

Why Biden’s Plan to Rejoin the Iran Deal Makes No Sense

This week’s escalation of tensions by Tehran looks like blackmail to force Biden to abandon sanctions—and give up leverage over the regime.

A young Uighur activist holds up a poster during a demonstration outside the Foreign Office in Berlin before talks between the Chinese and German foreign ministers on Sept. 1.

Why the Persecution of Muslims Should Be on Biden’s Agenda

The incoming U.S. president must hold China and other countries accountable for religious persecution—and counter Beijing’s global campaign to destroy human rights.

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