About the Program
President Joe Biden is promising a “foreign policy for the middle class” and the restoration of U.S. global leadership after four years of America First. While an increasingly assertive China, a resurgent Russia, and a rogue North Korea are among the countries challenging U.S. influence and interests, the spread of transnational problems such as climate change, infectious diseases, cybersecurity, and terrorism has blurred the lines between national borders and domestic and foreign policy.
Partisan disagreement at home frustrates efforts to formulate and sustain a coherent and effective policy, potentially hindering the U.S. ability to lead by example and raising questions about whether the United States will remain a reliable ally and partner. While many experts argue that the American public wants to withdraw from the world, polls show that support for American leadership abroad has increased since voters saw firsthand what America First means in practice.
By analyzing the forces driving and shaping foreign policy, the U.S. Foreign Policy program seeks to help policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and the general public better understand the challenges the United States faces overseas and to offer recommendations that will enable them to advance U.S. interests and values.