Matt Duss on a Progressive U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda

Matt Duss on a Progressive U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda
Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, and Joe Biden talk before a Democratic presidential primary debate in Charleston, South Carolina, Feb. 25, 2020 (AP photo by Matt Rourke).

Throughout Donald Trump’s presidency, a recurring theme among the Washington foreign policy establishment was how to repair the damage he was doing to America’s global standing. For many, particularly the centrist current of the Democratic party, that meant restoring the traditional approach to American foreign policy that Trump consistently undermined during his four years in office.

But some figures on the party’s more progressive left wing saw returning to the status quo ante as insufficient. People like Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ro Khanna, as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders, began expanding the range of policy discussions and debates, in an attempt to advance a progressive foreign policy agenda.

When Joe Biden won the presidential election last November, there was some question over whether this progressive agenda would be reflected in his foreign policy appointments. For now, it seems the Biden administration has opted for a centrist establishment team. But the push for a progressive U.S. foreign policy agenda isn’t going anywhere. If anything, it’s gathering strength.

This week on Trend Lines, Matt Duss, foreign policy adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders, joins WPR editor-in-chief Judah Grunstein to discuss his vision for a progressive U.S. foreign policy. Click here to read a partial transcript of the interview.


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Trend Lines is edited by Peter Dörrie, a freelance journalist and analyst focusing on security and resource politics in Africa. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterdoerrie.

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