Biden’s Balkans Test Has Arrived

The administration this week expanded an executive order tackling corruption in the Balkans, as well as obstruction to the region’s peace agreements, democratic processes, and human rights. Going beyond legalisms, Biden was unsparing about the risks of corruption, noting that it “open[s] the door for our strategic adversaries.” Secretary of […]

No European Honeymoon in Biden’s First Overseas Trip

Biden’s trip, which includes meetings with G-7 leaders and NATO leaders before a highly anticipated sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is aimed at reassuring allies and urging support for democracy worldwide to compete against rising authoritarianism and major rivals Russia and China. Joe Biden’s first international trip as U.S. […]

It’s Russia, Stupid (For Now)

That’s been a constant refrain for Biden even before he took office, framing China’s rise as the United States’ central challenge of the century. Unless the United States regains its competitive and technological edge, Biden warned, China is “going to eat our lunch.” Ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden’s meeting […]

The Pentagon’s Budget Wish List

A weekly digest of national security, defense, and cybersecurity news from Foreign Policy reporters Jack Detsch and Robbie Gramer, formerly Security Brief. Delivered Thursday. The Pentagon’s Budget Wish List Welcome to SitRep! Robbie Gramer and Jack Detsch here, reporters at Foreign Policy. We’re relaunching this weekly newsletter for subscribers and […]

The Sneaky Conservatism of China’s Feminist Dramas

One of the most important scenes in the Chinese TV drama The Rational Life depicts the protagonist, a 33-year-old single woman called Shen Ruo Xin (played by popular actress Qin Lan), calmly rejecting a persistent suitor. She is gracious but firm, thanking him for his generosity while adroitly turning down […]