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 international coverage imaginative and prescient. through his personal account, he sought to bend the arc of background towards higher justice, freedom, and peace; inside a 12 months he was once provided the Nobel Peace Prize, mostly for that promise.

In Bending History, Martin Indyk, Kenneth Lieberthal, and Michael O'Hanlon degree Obama not just opposed to the checklist of his predecessors and the fast demanding situations of the day, but additionally opposed to his personal hovering rhetoric and encouraging ambitions. Bending History assesses the massive accomplishments in addition to the disasters and seeks to provide an explanation for what has happened.

Obama's most sensible paintings has been on significant and urgent international coverage challenges—counterterrorism coverage, together with the bold raid that eradicated Osama bin encumbered; the "reset" with Russia; coping with 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, although, has mirrored critical flaws in either procedure and execution. Afghanistan coverage has been affected by inconsistent messaging and teamwork. On vital "softer" safety issues—from power and weather coverage to difficulties in Africa and Mexico—the checklist is blended. As for his early aspiration to reshape the foreign order, in accordance better roles and duties to emerging powers, Obama's efforts were well-conceived yet of constrained effectiveness.

On problems with secondary value, Obama has been disciplined in heading off fruitless disputes (as with Chavez in Venezuela and Castro in Cuba) and insisting that others take the lead (as with Qaddafi in Libya). even though numerous missteps, he has typically controlled good the advanced demanding situations of the Arab awakenings, striving to strike the proper stability among U.S. values and interests.

The authors see Obama's overseas coverage so far 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 method for selling American pursuits in a tumultuous global may well purely now be rising, and should but be curtailed by means of clash with Iran. so much of all, they argue that he or his successor must include U.S. financial renewal because the middle overseas coverage and nationwide defense problem of the future.

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