On February 17, Christopher Preble and his co-hosts of the Net Assessment podcast talked about the Biden administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy, which was released even as the national security advisor was warning of an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine. The timing seems awkward. So, what was the rush? And what is missing?
The podcasters raise several questions about the new strategic guidance. “Why did the administration push to get this report out so quickly? Is there anything new here, or does it just continue the policies of the last few administrations? Why the lack of direct focus on China, which is causing so much trouble in the region? What does ‘integrated deterrence,’ which is the foundation of the security piece of the strategy, mean? Will crises in Ukraine and elsewhere distract the Biden national security team from accomplishing its objectives in the Indo-Pacific?”