March 07, 2024

Biden’s State of the Union comes as foreign policy consensus fractures

Source: Roll Call

Journalist: Rachel Oswald

Biden will also be addressing that sizable segment of the “Make America Great Again” electorate and may make the case that funding Ukraine’s defense is necessary to forestall the possibility of U.S. troops being called up to go overseas to fight alongside NATO allies should Russian President Vladimir Putin decide to press his luck and invade an alliance member, such as one of the Baltic countries.

“I think the State of the Union would be a great opportunity for President Biden to spell out the stakes in Ukraine,” said Lisa Curtis, a senior official on the National Security Council during the Trump administration and now with the centrist Center for a New American Security. “Yes, this is about the sovereignty of Ukraine, but it is also about the future global order because if Russia is to achieve its imperialist ambitions in Ukraine, that’s only going to inspire adversaries across the globe to try to take actions that further upset the global order.”

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  • Lisa Curtis

    Senior Fellow and Director, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Lisa Curtis is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. She is a foreign policy and national security expert with over 20 years of service in...