U.S. Foreign Policy

Jake Sullivan speaks alongside President-elect Joe Biden.

The Sullivan Model

Jake Sullivan, Biden’s “once-in-a-generation intellect,” is facing a once-in-a-generation challenge.

Blinken at NATO headquarters in Brussels

Biden Team’s Embrace of Europe Falls Short on Content

Outcomes, not optics, should be the measure of U.S. policy in Europe.

Truman gives foreign policy address during Cold War.

Biden Revives the Truman Doctrine

His call to wage a global war for freedom echoes the dawn of the Cold War.

Joe Biden disembarks at a campaign stop in Ohio.

Biden’s ‘Foreign Policy for the Middle Class’ Is a Revolution

The new administration is trying to forge a new national consensus on grand strategy that doesn’t privilege the rich.

Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pose for photographs before a Quad Indo-Pacific meeting in Tokyo on Oct. 6, 2020.

Getting the Quad Right Is Biden’s Most Important Job

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is the best hope for standing up to China.

U.S. President Joe Biden

Meet Biden’s Middle East Team

Brett McGurk, who served under Bush, Obama, and Trump, is bringing aboard a Middle East team to the National Security Council that includes several former staffers from the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi (R), in Tehran, on Feb. 21.

Who’s to Blame for Stalling U.S.-Iran Negotiations?

Biden was expected to revive the nuclear deal quickly—but as pro-Iran militias attack U.S. forces in Iraq and Washington strikes back in Syria, direct talks aren’t on the horizon.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks about priorities for the Biden administration at the State Department in Washington on March 3.

Confidence, Humility, and the United States’ New Direction in the World

A transcript of Antony Blinken’s remarks on U.S. foreign policy.

A temporary fence surrounds the U.S. Capitol

America’s Forever Wars Have Come Back Home

It’s no coincidence that, after years of fighting abroad, the United States is beset with paranoia, loss of trust, and increasingly bitter divisions.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a virtual event hosted by the Munich Security Conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Feb. 19.

Biden Was Right: America Is Back

The country’s reputation won’t be fixed anytime soon, but the fact that it’s trying is a sign of exceptionalism—and a return to the United States’ finest tradition.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul on Feb. 29, 2020.

NATO Needs to Deal With China Head-On

The Western alliance is unprepared to counter the direct and growing challenge from Beijing.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel deliberates with then-U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit Charlevoix, Canada, on June 9, 2018.

America Is Back. But Can Allies Ever Trust It Again?

Fears of another Trump make it even more urgent that allies work with Biden now.

A convoy crosses a bridge in Termez, now part of Uzbekistan, during the withdrawal of the Soviet Red Army from Afghanistan, on May 21, 1988.

America Is Going the Same Way as the Soviets in Afghanistan

The Soviet withdrawal was a disaster. The U.S. version looks eerily similar.

Rob Malley poses in his office May 7, 2018 in Washington.

Who Robert Malley Is—and Isn’t

The Biden administration’s Iran envoy has become an object of controversy—for good reasons and bad.

Production line at a GlaxoSmithKline factory involved in the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux in northern France on Dec. 3, 2020.

America’s Supply Chains Are Foreign Policy Now

Why the push to bring home manufacturing won’t work—and what Biden should do instead.

Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden meets workers at the Fiat Chrysler plant in Detroit on March 10, 2020.

Biden’s Trade Plans Will Boost China’s Power in Asia

Supporting the middle class at home and reasserting leadership abroad may be mutually exclusive, especially in Asia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Oct. 5, 2018.

America’s India Problem Is All About Russia

Forget U.S. sanctions over arms deals. Indian-Russian alignment is in Washington’s best interest.

Joe Biden gestures to the crowd as he delivers remarks during a drive-in rally for U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock at Pullman Yard on Dec. 15, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Biden’s Foreign-Policy Values Aren’t ‘Normal’

The new president wants his strategy to seem reassuring. It’s anything but.

Chinese President  Xi Jinping, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen hold a video conference during the EU-China summit on Sept. 14, 2020.

America Is Back. Europe, Are You There?

Europeans say they want cooperation with Washington. Their latest actions speak a different language.

U.S. President Joe Biden arrives to speak to staff during his first visit to the State Department in Washington on Feb. 4.

‘America Is Back,’ Biden Says

The new president returns to traditional foreign policy—with a big dash of populism.