Bending History: Barack Obama's Foreign Policy (Brookings FOCUS Book)

Bending History: Barack Obama's Foreign Policy (Brookings FOCUS Book)


By the time of Barack Obama's inauguration because the forty fourth president of the USA, he had already constructed an bold overseas coverage imaginative and prescient. by means of his personal account, he sought to bend the arc of background towards larger justice, freedom, and peace; inside a yr he was once presented the Nobel Peace Prize, principally for that promise.

In Bending History, Martin Indyk, Kenneth Lieberthal, and Michael O'Hanlon degree Obama not just opposed to the list of his predecessors and the instant demanding situations of the day, but in addition opposed to his personal hovering rhetoric and encouraging objectives. Bending History assesses the substantial accomplishments in addition to the mess ups and seeks to give an explanation for what has happened.

Obama's most sensible paintings has been on significant and urgent overseas coverage challenges—counterterrorism coverage, together with the bold raid that eradicated Osama bin encumbered; the "reset" with Russia; handling the more and more major courting with China; and dealing with the rogue states of Iran and North Korea. coverage on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian clash, even though, has mirrored critical flaws in either technique and execution. Afghanistan coverage has been laid low with inconsistent messaging and teamwork. On very important "softer" safeguard issues—from strength and weather coverage to difficulties in Africa and Mexico—the checklist is blended. As for his early aspiration to reshape the overseas order, in accordance better roles and duties to emerging powers, Obama's efforts were well-conceived yet of restricted effectiveness.

On problems with secondary significance, Obama has been disciplined in keeping off fruitless disputes (as with Chavez in Venezuela and Castro in Cuba) and insisting that others take the lead (as with Qaddafi in Libya). although a number of missteps, he has as a rule controlled good the advanced demanding situations of the Arab awakenings, striving to strike the best stability among U.S. values and interests.

The authors see Obama's international coverage up to now as a triumph of self-discipline and realism over ideology. He has been neither the transformative beacon his devotees have sought after, nor the susceptible apologist for the US that his critics allege. They finish that his grand technique for selling American pursuits in a tumultuous global may perhaps merely now be rising, and will but be curtailed by way of clash with Iran. such a lot of all, they argue that he or his successor must include U.S. monetary renewal because the middle international coverage and nationwide safety problem of the future.

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