U.S. President Joe Biden will deliver his first major foreign-policy speech at the State Department, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell begins Russia visit, and Aung San Suu Kyi is charged by police in Myanmar.
U.S President Joe Biden visits the U.S. Department of State this afternoon to greet staff and lay out his foreign-policy vision in a speech expected at around 3 p.m. ET.
It will be Biden’s first visit to a government organization since becoming president. He’ll be joined by Vice President Kamala Harris in a signal of support for the organization derided by Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump as the “Deep State” department (Trump’s first visit was to the CIA).
The outlines of Biden’s foreign policy goals are already well known: deepening ties with allies and partners, returning to international agreements like the Paris Accord and the Iran nuclear deal, and restoring U.S. “core values.”
As Barack Obama found out in Libya and Yemen, real world crises can destroy the best-laid plans. New challenges have already emerged to test Biden: the case of Alexei Navalny in Russia and the military coup in Myanmar.
So far, Obama’s stated (if not always followed) doctrine of “don’t do stupid shit” has prevailed. In both the Russian and Myanmar cases, U.S. officials have made their concerns known before turning to allies to discuss a further response.
Beyond the daily flare-ups around the world, the larger challenge for Biden will be in selling countries, both ally and adversary alike, on the idea that the United States can be trusted to keep its word after the erratic Trump years.