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Obama Nation? US Foreign Policy One Year On

US Foreign Policy One Year On

Published: January 2010

To mark one year since the inauguration of President Barack Obama, this report brings together distinguished authors from the LSE and beyond to discuss how successfully the United States has reconfigured its foreign policy during his first year in office.

Obama came to office facing a daunting array of specific policy challenges which were compounded by twin overriding objectives: to repudiate the Bush years and restore American legitimacy. The picture of his first year in office is one of mixed success but of striking ambition. 

US Foreign Policy One Year On


One Year On
Dr Nicholas Kitchen

The End of Leadership? Constraints on the World Role of Obama's America
Professor Barry Buzan

Redefining the Global War on Terror?
Professor Adrian Guelke

Obama's Middle East Policy: Time to Decide
Gregorio Bettiza and Christopher Phillips

Bush's War: Drawdown in Iraq
Dr Toby Dodge

The Right War? Obama's Afghanistan Strategy
Dr Michael J. Williams

Simply Press the Button? The Reality of Resetting with Russia
Dr Artemy Kalinovsky

Playing Catch-Up: The United States and Southeast Asia
Dr Jürgen Haacke

US-EU Relations after Lisbon: Reviving Transatlantic Cooperation
Sir Colin Budd

Getting a Deal on Climate Change: Obama's Flexible Multilateralism
Dr Robert Falkner

Obama Fails to Reverse Gravity: America Continues to Decline
Steven Clemons

Driving Decline? Economic Crisis and the Rise of China
Dr Nicholas Kitchen and Professor Michael Cox

Barack Obama's Nobel Prize: A Debate

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