Biden Outlines His Foreign Policy at a Decimated State Department
We begin with President Biden’s speech at the State Department today in which he announced “America is back” and declared that “diplomacy is back at the center of U.S. foreign policy.” He also said the U.S. will end its support for offensive operations in Yemen and appoint an envoy to negotiate an end to a war that has caused what the U.N. described as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Charles Kupchan, a professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service who served on the National Security Councils in the Clinton and Obama White Houses and is the author of Isolationism: A History of America’s Efforts to Shield Itself From the World, join us. We discuss the relief amongst our allies that the ruin of Trump and his America First erratic amateurism is over and that although Biden made it clear his priority is to shore up America’s middle class and deal with the crises at home, there will be a foreign policy that stands up to despots at the same time deals pragmatically with adversaries on arms control and other issues.
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