Chapter 12: Continuity and Change in Obama's Foreign Policy
Continuity and Change in Obama's Foreign Policy
Barack obama's victory in the 2008 presidential election was greeted at least as enthusiastically outside as within the United States. After one of the most controversial and divisive periods in the history of American foreign policy under President George W. Bush, the Obama administration was expected to make decisive changes for the better in the style, substance, and results of US relations with the wider world. Not only had America confronted its painful racial past in electing an African American president, but it thereby embraced new international leadership by a progressive who grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia, a self-proclaimed “citizen of the world”1 mindful of how non-Americans often resent what he ...