The 2024 Presidential Race is on: How Will U.S. China Policy and the Ukraine War Shape It?

American presidential elections seldom pivot around foreign policy issues, but the 2024 election could very well be an exception to this rule. Join us to explore the foreign policy dynamics of the upcoming presidential elections and where candidates from both parties stand on the important issues of the war in Ukraine and increasing military tensions with China. How far apart are they on these issues? Who has the finger on the pulse of the voters? How might the GOP primary candidates and whoever wins the nomination push President Biden on both of these fronts? We pulled together a roundtable of astute observers of foreign policy and politics and assessed the current state of the presidential race — on both sides of the aisle. George Beebe, Grand Strategy Director at the Quincy Institute, will join Emily Jashinsky of the Counterpoints podcast and Branko Marcetic of Jacobin magazine. Kelley Vlahos, editorial director of Responsible Statecraft, moderated.


Branko Marcetic

Branko Marcetic is a reporter and staff writer with Jacobin magazine and the author of Yesterday’s Man: the Case Against Joe Biden. He was also a 2019-2020 Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting fellow at In These Times and has appeared frequently in the magazine. He has also been published in the Washington Post, the Guardian, Responsible Statecraft, and other outlets.

Emily Jashinsky

Emily Jashinsky is the co-host of the political events podcast Counterpoints, culture editor at The Federalist, and host of Federalist Radio Hour. She previously covered politics as a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner. She also serves as director of the National Journalism Center, a program of the Young America's Foundation.

George Beebe

George Beebe is the Director of Grand Strategy at the Quincy Institute. Previously, he spent more than two decades in government as an intelligence analyst, diplomat, and policy advisor, including as director of the CIA’s Russia analysis. He is the author of The Russia Trap: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral into Nuclear Catastrophe (2019).

Kelley Beaucar Vlahos (Moderator)

Kelley Beaucar Vlahos is a senior advisor at the Quincy Institute and editorial director of its online magazine, Responsible Statecraft. Previously she served as executive editor managing editor, and longtime foreign policy/national security writer at the American Conservative magazine. She also spent 15 years as an online political reporter for Fox News.