Ukraine: Biden’s info war blows up Russia’s cynical narrative on democracies

The strategy of declassifying intelligence around Russia’s intentions to invade Ukraine has recast the global narrative about Russia, and possibly about authoritarianism too.

The way the White House declassified and shared intelligence on Putin’s military intentions has effectively now robbed Russia of narrative control.

But the campaign to forewarn the public of an imminent invasion has had another collateral effect so far: It has blown up a certain unofficial view on US power, on the Western alliance, and on democracy that had come to colour the broader debate between democracy  and authoritarianism. 

The US middle class and foreign policy: democracy’s new dance

Joe Biden

I wanted to push a little deeper on the question of how (or even why) US foreign policy should be more in sync with the middle class.

So I’ve recorded a podcast that discusses this potential new direction in US democracy – the effort, however early, to ensure that US foreign policy goals support working families. This is an idea US President Joe Biden mentioned in his foreign policy speech on February 4.

US President Joe Biden

In my podcast, I mention the report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 2020, which can be found here.

The 2018 World Unpacked podcast, by CEIP too and hosted by Jen Psaki in which CEIP’s Salman Ahmed discusses his findings from visiting Ohio, can be found here.

Both the report and podcast are well worth digging into, especially as the ideas appear to be shaping Biden’s approach.

The Jade Helming of Joe Biden

But don’t be fooled: reality will not be where Trump wages a long campaign against Joe Biden. Trump’s battlespace will be unreality.

Confused about what’s next for Donald Trump? The reality appeared to hit him this week when the General Services Administration gave approval for the transfer of presidential power to Joe Biden to begin.

Full opinion piece on The Age.