Many commentators have asked when the United States will produce another diplomatic genius like Henry Kissinger or? Zbigniew Brzezinski. But Heather Hurlburt argues that the next formidable American statesman is clearly hiding: it is President-elect Joe Biden. No, he’s not a man with theoretical details, but he’s all about human connections – which is just as important in building a truly diplomatic world order.
In the meantime, in an interview with FP editor Jonathan Tepperman, Fareed Zakaria offers his roadmap on how Biden can fulfill his promise to “build back better”.
A survey of foreign policy experts offers predictions for the next 50 years of US leadership.
Here are Foreign policy‘s top weekend reads.
1. In Joe Biden’s foreign policy worldview
The president-elect has been actively involved in shaping US foreign policy for the past 50 years, but is rarely listed as one of the country’s great diplomatic figures. That’s because Biden is not an intellectual. But he prioritizes relationships over tasks – a skill needed now more than ever, writes Heather Hurlburt.
2. America and the World: How To Better Deconstruct
Foreign policy was founded during the Vietnam War, when the United States was embroiled in fiery debates about the future of its foreign policy. Fifty years later, a lot has changed. But as the country emerges from the Trump era, it faces a similar reflective moment as to what comes next. Fareed Zakaria shares his thoughts in a Q&A with Jonathan Tepperman from FP.
3. The next 50 years of foreign policy
As a publication, we have written extensively on foreign policy over the past half century. But what will the next 50 years look like? We asked numerous experts for their best guesses who come up with some predictions about the future of U.S. leadership for your time capsule. (Spoiler: China is rising.)
4. The return of the containment
The Cold War containment strategy was perhaps the most successful US diplomatic venture to date. While it is not enough to protect the United States from the nascent clash with China, it nonetheless offers lessons that could be reused in our day and age, writes Deborah Welch Larson.
5. When US foreign policy went wrong
To say the United States has made some bad foreign policy decisions in its history would be an understatement. The worst thing is that the country is giving up important institutions such as peacekeeping operations and the global health system, writes Charli Carpenter.